One of the things I quickly learned about in Brookings is the town community garden. There is an old golf course on the outskirts of town where you can rent a plot of about 25' x 10' square feet or so for about $15 a plot. We got our request in to reserve one pretty much as soon as we heard about it.
I went out and planted my remaining ecumenical cabbages and a few greens this afternoon for the first time. The ground looks pretty black, so I imagine things will grow well. Usually they recommend a very late planting season. Most things other than greens and very hearty things like that I am told should not be planted before May 15th. This is South Dakota after all.
I am actually looking forward to trying a few things. I had a pretty productive herb garden at my house in Lincoln last year, so I may branch out and try a few other things. This is basically an experimental year so that I can see what I can actually grow in South Dakota and what does not really work.
Both my parents are master gardeners, so I hope I picked up a few gardening tips along the way by osmosis. I am not certain how much of that knowledge will transplant to northern climates, but we will see. I will attempt to take a few pictures the next time I go out there. The community garden is a pretty neat set-up actually. I have quite a few parishioners who have more than one plot.
I hope to have some tasty ecumenical cabbages before season's end and maybe some corn. We will see what the Archer can cook up.