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Garden Soil


Meets every 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 4:00 pm
at 320 S Market Ave, Bolivar MO

Whether you've gardened your whole life or are making your first ever attempt at gardening, COM's Garden Club is the community for you. The Club meets twice each month to learn about valuable topics, exchange tips and seeds, and make plans to help promote gardening in the community.

As COM seeks to reduce food insecurity in Polk County, the Garden Club is an important piece of that effort. One of the best ways to increase access to food is to teach people to grow their own food right in their backyard or on their porch. Through the Garden Club, our neighbors not only can learn how to do this themselves, but also have opportunities to teach others.

The Garden Club also runs our community garden located in COM's parking lot. Volunteer are welcome to come up any day from Tuesday through Saturday to work in the garden (and potentially take home produce).



Frost Dates
A lot of resources and seed packets reference "last frost date," "frost frost date," and zones. But what does that mean? Check out this article. For Polk County, Missouri, here's what you need to know:
Zone: 6A

Avg. last frost date: April 21
Avg. first frost: Oct 17

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COM Seed Starting Resource Guide
A collection of useful resources for starting your own seeds on a handy 1-page sheet. Download it here.

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From Seed to Spoon app
A great mobile tool for checking planting times, growing tips, and more for all kinds of veggies in a single app. Download it at

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Fruition Seeds Planting Guides
It can be confusing to know whether to start seeds indoors or plant them directly in the ground outside. This great guide from Fruition Seeds takes out the guesswork. Download it here. They also have a great library of resources you can get for free on their website.

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Planting Calendar
When is the best time to start your seeds? Use this easy visual guide to know exactly the best time to start your seeds or transplant your plants. Download it here.

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Seed Saving Videos and Guide
Seed Savers Exchange is a great resource that not only sells unique heirloom seeds, but also has great info on how to save and preserve your own seeds. Check out their tips and how-to videos HERE. You can also download a useful Seed Saving Chart from Fruition Seeds HERE which gives guidance for many different crops.

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