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Back in Action!

Hey All,

We’re back! Our semester is underway, and we’re excited about the gardening prospects that it will hold. We kicked off our first workshop of the semester last week, teaching everyone how to grow their own fresh sprouts right in their kitchen! The flavorful freshness proved beneficial to all in these never ending days of winter.

More good gardening news is to come with guest speaker Josh Slotnick coming on March 7th, and our March workshop of bread and butter making just around the corner! Stop by the Foodshed (516 N. Ave. E.) tomorrow, Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00p.m. to find out more about what’s new this semester and how you can get involved!

We’d love to see all of your lovely faces there!

Aspen and Ian

1,000 New Gardens


First Meeting of The New Year!

Gardeners one and all! Come join us for the first 1000 New Gardens Meeting in 2016! We will discuss who we are, what we want to do this spring and celebrate the new year with a 2 part meeting/potluck. You can bring a dish to share if you so desire.

Tuesday 2/2/16 4:56pm

The Food Shed 516 North Ave Missoula MT 59801

Let’s get growing. See you there!


Baby sprouts!

Stay Tuned… work zone!

We are currently updating the website! Please bear with us as work on it!

Between now and then, please feel free to contact us at


We’ve moved and would like to invite you to our new ning website.  It is loads classier, and more accessible! Check it out at 1000NEWGARDENS.NING.COM – if you see the banner below, you’re in the right place!  Peas, Max

1,000 New Gardens Montana

You can also contact an organizer(s) directly depending on where you live …


In Missoula:
Emerald LaFortune & Kelli Roemer(208)301-0535

In Bozeman:
Max Smith(406)214-6664

Gardeners Don’t Hibernate in January

It’s cold and windy, the Montana environment is at its most formidable. For first-time and returning gardeners alike, the weather conditions couldn’t be more aligned with the Winter gardening tasks–curling up on a tea-stained couch at night with seed catalogs and a mock-diagram of your garden plot.

1,000 New Gardens cultivator, Geoff Badenoch (ie. Tiger Prawn) spied a neat, hopefully less intimidating website for new gardeners to peruse. He writes, “ is obviously a commercial gardening source, but I thought this was an interesting way to picture and plan a garden.” For all practical purposes, it’s all there. The plot design function (dimensions and plant makeup) is worthy of any new gardeners’ attention. It’s ripened for you to start visualizing your space, especially if you’re considering companion planting or any sort of vegetable organization (read: control in the garden patch). If you’re in search of the ultimate resource for companion planting (or anything really, from ordering seeds to planting to preparing soil and harvesting) look no further than the local gardening expert Sandra Perrin’s book Organic Gardening in Cold Climates (pages 59-63). The Missoula Public and University of Montana Libraries are loaded with copies.

SEEDS–1kng organizers in Missoula have begun planning the 2nd Annual Seedluck (seed ordering potluck) to take place in late February or early March. Last year’s gathering at the public library was littered with great food and words from long-time Missoula  gardeners. We’d like to pack the room with new growers this year so stay in the loop for specific information on the winter feast!

HOPS–If you’d like to expand your repertoire this year or you’re something of an avid homebrewer, consider starting your own hop vines with rhizomes this spring. The illuminary brewery, Crannog Ales, which brews certified organic beer on-site published a free manual for beginners. It’s called “For a Small Scale & Organic Hops Production. Another mentionable is that last fall I got a tip that the local homebrew store within the Lolo Peak Winery gives away hop rhizomes (pruned from the owner’s plants) each spring–hopefully someone will send out the alert when the goin’ gets hoppy!

JANUARY DIY TIP written by our partners at the Missoula Urban Demonstration site:

Even the best-managed compost pile turns to ice in the winter. The secret to a compost pile that cooks all winter long is to surround it with earth’s natural insulation properties. The technique is called pit composting, and it retains heat in the soil to keep the pile from freezing. All you need are the following: large plastic garbage can, straw bales or bags of dry leaves, and a couple tools you can check out from the Tool Library – a saw or utility knife, drill, and shovel. Cut the bottom off of the garbage can, drill holes in the top 2/3rds of the can for ventilation, and set the can in a hole 6+ inches deep and as wide as the can. Surround it with the straw or leaves, but don’t block all the ventilation holes. Keep the lid on when you’re not adding kitchen scraps and other compostable material. The process is a little slower than composting in warm weather, but the pile shouldn’t freeze. For complete instructions, click the Organic Gardening magazine online link:

WORKSHOPS–Several MUD workshops are playing on channel 7 cable! Check out that link if you’re like me (no tv) and want to watch the instructions online!

Basics of Beer Brewing workshop: January 8, 2010 from 9pm to 10:30pm & January 9, 2010 from 8:30pm to 10pm

Electric Fencing For Gardens and Wildlife workshop: January 12, 2010 from 10pm to 11:45pm

Sewing Basics (Sew Your Own Grocery Bag) workshop: January 15, 2010 from 4:30pm to 6pm

As always, MUD’s upcoming events are also online at

Seed Saving Workshop: August 22, 2009

fava beanIt’s about time to leave pea pods on their vines (so the seeds fully mature) and a few biennial carrots in the ground (until next year for them to flower). The Basics of Seed Saving Workshop is also just around the corner at the Missoula Urban Demonstration site. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members–well worth picking up the skills you’ll need Peak Oil or when your peaking interest in hybrid seeds plunges. The workshop is scheduled for August 22 and lasts from 1-3 PM. Think of it this way–once you’ve harvested a sweet crop of seeds, you’ll be able to trade with other Missoulians at the Seed Saver Swap in late October (Date & Time TBA).


Another workshop that we highly recommend is the canning how-to on September 11.


Here’s how MUD describes the workshop: Rumor has it that last April Burpee’s sold out of all its seeds and had to put thousands of orders on backorder. Don’t let this happen to you! Yvonne will teach you how to collect and store your precious heirlooms for next season, and tell you which seeds are hybrids and which are sterile. Also, keep your eyes open for a Seed Saver Swap in late October! 

Cooking Workshop with Pearl Cash of the Pearl Cafe!

So you’ve seen the cucumber plants extending and the spinach starts are making a lot of noise in the green forest at the far end of the garden…you’ve proven yourself in the fields…now it may be time to get together with other high-spirited harvesters and get some more ideas about how to turn yer bounty into something new and tasty.

The Missoula Demonstration Project is putting on a great event next Saturday, July 18th at 11 PM. Here’s how it’s advertised–Learn how to choose the best seasonal ingredients and cook intuitively with Pearl Cash, owner/chef of the Pearl Café on East Front Street. It’s at The Senior’s Center at 705 S Higgins Avenue. Register ahead to guarantee your space by calling the MUD office 721-7513. $10 members/ $20 non-members.

I seriously hope to see you there!