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Tuftonboro Agricultural Commission (TAC)

Despite the snow still on the ground, it’s time to think of gardening, whether it’s vegetables and/or flowers. It’s time to sign up for your Community Garden plot(s). Think warm thoughts, and start your seedlings. Remember, whether you grow your own or by seedlings to transplant, according to UNH Extension, the most critical factor is soil temperature. It is also important to harden off your seedlings before transplanting.

Soil Temperature Guidelines for Vegetable Crops

Crops that will germinate in the coolest soils, down to 40° F (4° C)

Arugula, fava beans, kale, lettuce, bok choi, parsnips, peas, radicchio, radish, and spinach seed

Crops that will germinate with a soil temperature above 50° F (10° C)

Chinese cabbage, leeks, onions, Swiss chard, and turnips

Crops that will germinate with a soil temperature at or above 60° F (16° C)

Beans, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, and cauliflower.

NOTE: Beans will not tolerate any frost and may have to be planted again if the temperature goes below freezing

Crops that will germinate with a soil temperature above 70° F (21° C)

Tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, cucumbers, squash, corn, and melons.

 
Coming Attractions: Check the progress of the demonstration pollinator garden established in the Community Garden last year. With the goal of educating the community about the benefits of composting in general and food waste composting specifically, TAC is planning to establishing a demonstration compost site in the area of the Community Garden, and we have applied for a grant to establish two food waste composting demonstrations. Stay tuned. Look for a new sign designating the Community Garden sometime this year.
 

In Progress: Check out the TAC Local Producers webpage: https://www.tuftonboro.org/sites/tuftonboronh/files/uploads/tac_local_pr.... This list includes local producers of agricultural products as well as those individuals interested in sharing their knowledge. If you would like to be included on this list, please send a note to Joan Magrauth through the Town Office.

Commission Members

NameTitleTerm

Chairman

2019

Ron Sundquist

Vice-Chairman

2019

Joan Magrauth

Secretary

2019

Mike Haeger

Member

2020

Karen Nemeth

Member

2020

Kim Reed

Alternate Member

2020

William "Chip" Albee

Selectmen's Representative