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Episode 11: Kansas City Community Gardens


With the garden cleared of the Spring plants we now need to collect the starters and seeds for the crops that will be planted for the Summer. So, a trip out to Kansas City Community Gardens is in order.  KCCG is one of only a few gardening organizations in the country with a mission of helping home, community and school gardeners through education, resources and support.  They help people all over town grow food for themselves whether it be in a backyard, vacant lot or schoolyard.  So, join us for a not-so-faraway road trip to pick-up the summer plants.  Here we go!


Episode 10: Lettuce Clipping

We take a brief trip out to Missouri Organics for some compost and quickly get back to the garden. These next few days are going to be very, very busy. We will be transitioning the garden from the Spring crops into the Summer plantings. First, however we have to harvest all the beautiful fresh lettuce that has grown throughout the Spring.  Low calorie and rich in vitamins and minerals, lettuce is a one of the stars of the vegetable garden.  Salads will be plentiful in our diet in the coming days, and we will also be sharing a lot of it.

Thanks, Laurie and Mike

Episode 8: Radish Harvest


Tax day has now come and gone which for some may have caused a bit of a loss, but for vegetable gardeners it usually marks a time of gain. The Spring growing season is reaching it’s peak and the radish that were planted in mid-March are ready to come out. Harvesting the delicious and healthy radish is always something to look forward to. With the heavy Spring rains they are plump and ready to eat, the rain also softens the ground and helps make this a quick afternoon project. Take a look at our return.


Thanks again for watching,

Laurie and Mike.

Episode 7: Spring Weeding and Thinning


Weeding a vegetable garden is often the last thing a gardener would like to do. This is exactly what happens in this episode. Maybe not the most spellbinding story, yet weeding and thinning a vegetable garden is one of the best things a gardener can do to maximize the yield and health of the plants.  It does not have to take up too much time but really, time is what a garden marks. The radish and lettuce were planted just a few weeks ago and already we are counting the days until we can prepare a fresh salad.  Enjoy the time crawling among your plants — weeding or not.

Episode 5: Lettuce and Radish


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.

Episode 4: Potatoes

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.

Episode 3: Preparing Potatoes

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.


Episode 1: An Introduction

This is an introduction to a gardening video project. We are rooted in the urban center of Kansas City, Missouri and the small plots of dirt here. This video explains what the future episodes will explore and accomplish.  From general information and tips for growing and nurturing small plot gardens, to harvesting and preparing what the efforts deliver — eating the food.  We are also going to explore other gardens in and around the heart of the city. Discovering the joy that gardening brings to all ages, to all people.  This has been a project that has already taken a year.  For the coming growing season — the weeks and months ahead — we will finally be posting the information that we have created in video form.  We truly hope you stay tuned.

Thank you, Laurie and Mike


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