The University of Missouri Extension Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City have teamed up with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City and The National Golf Club of Kansas City to create the Platte County Community Garden. The Garden will serve as a place for residents of Platte County (and beyond) to enjoy the benefits of gardening in a group setting. The Master Gardeners will use three of the 33 plots to demonstrate vegetable production options. For 2011, the Master Gardeners have decided to install an Asian Garden as well as a traditional garden. The garden is administered by the YMCA through its Parkville Community Center. If you’re interested in signing up for a garden plot, call them at (816) 505-2622.

Note: All of the plots for the 2011 Summer season are reserved.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Season Wrap-Up

We spent a lot of time in the garden today cleaning up plots and preparing the beds for winter. Many gardeners planted wheat as a cover crop for the winter. We also did a demonstration on bag composting. Perhaps the best thing that happened today is that we got to plant Winston's masterpiece bulletin board (pictured below). This board will serve the gardeners as a communication device for gardening information and much more. We all agreed that Winston did a fantastic job building this structure.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens

The 3 master gardener demonstration gardens are all doing well.  Produce is being harvested on a regular basis and donated to the St Therese food pantry.

Asian Garden

Celery in Asian Garden

Traditional Garden


Thursday, July 7, 2011

Garden Dedication

Community members, partner organizations, and gardeners participated in the dedication and ribbon cutting for the Platte County Community Garden. This event officially puts the garden into commission.
Commissioner Dusenbery was on hand to help cut the ribbon and participants enjoyed an air-conditioned reception at the National II clubhouse following the reception.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Harvester's Blog

Mary McClure (Chair of Harvesters Board of Directors and University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener) recently shared this blog: Of course, we encourage all gardeners to Plant A Row for the Hungry to help Harvesters. The Platte County Community Garden has a local host food pantry. If you would like to donate food from your garden plot, you can take it to St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Therese Catholic Church located at 7277 NW 9 Hwy on weekdays between 9am and noon.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Compost Bins

The compost bins are finally assembled and ready to receive compostables. There are a few rules: 1) No Kitchen Scraps, 2) No Diseased Plant Material, and 3) Please Help to Keep it Wet.
As you visit with gardeners, you might mention these rules to them so that we can hopefully keep a good compost pile. I'm working on a sign to point out which bin is "open." We still need to drive the rebar into the ground until it is flush with the timbers.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens

The vegetables in the 2 master gardener demonstration gardens are doing very well especially with the rain we have been having. Most of the seeds have germinated and are sprouting as shown in the pictures. The little celery plants, tomatoes and peppers are flourishing. Most of the other plots have been planted with a variety of vegetables and flowers by the other gardeners and it really looks like a community garden.

Asian Garden

Traditional Garden 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Path is a Path

When we arrived this morning, the garden was almost impossible to navigate due to the mud. 4 hours later and a lot of hard work on the part of the Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City, the path is level and covered with mulch. We also spent some time building a raised bed for the blueberries (thanks to Chris for his generous donation of two bales of peat). Judy brought a ton of plants that were left over from the plant sale. Many of them were planted in the planter on the patio or in the ground around the patio. Many of them are left up for grabs for anyone who could put them to use. While we were there, we received delivery of 5 of our 8 benches from Beverlin's Statuary in Weston. They will finish the bench installation next week.