What friuts and vegetables grow in Maysville, Kentucky?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hello, Scoti: Depending on the available sunlight and nutrients we can grow many fruits and vegetables successfully here in Kentucky. To have an abundant crop, both fruit and vegetables require full sun. This means they should be grown in a space that receives a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight. As long as you can provide adequate growing conditions there are many options for planting. There are some vegetables such as asparagus that are considered perennials for us but for the most part we have to start fresh each year. Vegetables are divided into cool-season and warm-season crops, so depending on the time of year we can grow most any vegetable. As far as fruit the hardy choices we can grow most are berries, grapes, apples, cherries, pears, figs, and paw paws. Melons and other fruits need to be planted each year. Some berries such as blueberries require acidic soil so it is always a good idea to have your soil tested and amended if needed before planting. Growing your own fruits and veggies is very rewarding and well worth the effort. For more specific information on growing vegetables at home in Kentucky visit www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/id/id128/id128.pdf. This literature is for home gardeners provided by the University of Kentucky in cooperation with the Cooperative Extension Service. It is full of very detailed information on all the vegetables we can grow. They also have publications on specific fruit that you may be interested in growing. You can reach the Mason County offices at (606) 564-6808 or visit their Web site at: http://ces.ca.uky.edu/mason/