We visit the gardens and orchard of Kansas City’s Metro Luthern Ministry. MLM has for years been focused on helping to meet the needs that poverty brings. From home repairs, to housing, to financial literacy and to, in this case, food and community. MLM has also been instrumental in creating many organizations that help in caring for and building our community. Harvesters Food Bank is one major example and the other is Kansas City Community Gardens. Here we discover Metro Luthern Ministry’s pantry garden, a large community garden and the orchard.
The first seeds to go into the ground are always the lettuce and radish. They are easily placed in the soil and love the early cool Spring air and rain. This finishes up a morning of getting the garden growing, and we welcome all that this small patch of ground will bring to us in the coming weeks and months.
Just before St. Patrick’s Day is the best time to get potatoes in the ground. That is just what we do as well as some simple preparation for the lettuce and radishes that will follow. Warm Spring weather is arriving quickly but the potatoes, once in the ground, are really suited for whatever nature throws at them including a last frost.
With the arrival of March, it becomes time to start thinking about the plants that can take the cold mornings, nights and heavy rains of early Spring. Lettuce, potatoes and radishes are usually where we start. So, first off we need to collect some planting potatoes and prepare the “seeds”. We take a trip to Kansas City’s historic and classic gardening shop, Planters Seed and Spice Company, for the tubers. It is always a pleasure to visit this KC River Market establishment.
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Thanks, Laurie and Mike.