I haven’t been doing a very good job this year of keeping you up to date on all our upcoming events. This weekend is our annual Garden Tour, and I was able to check out several of the gardens this morning and earlier in the week. I was hoping to have one picture of each garden, but I realized that I don’t quite have them all.
Anyway, the tour is going on today, tomorrow (Saturday), and Sunday. For more details, go here. I did want to give you a little bit of a sneak peak to encourage you to go. If you are really into food gardening, a lot of times the Garden Tour may not have lots to offer you. This year, there are 3 gardens that have significant fruit and vegetable gardens! The others are gorgeous, but not quite as edible.
To get started, here’s a look at the Demo Garden this afternoon. Nothing too major this week, since things are growing pretty slowly with the cool weather. We aren’t on the Garden Tour this year, but you can always come take a peek!
This Derby garden has a variety of different beds with perennials and some cool stonework.
Yes, they are potatoes. I honestly don’t think about potatoes as a potential border plant! But once they start dying back, how hard is it to just dig them all at once and let everything else grow up around them?
I hope this little taste inspired you to check out the Garden Tour.
Have a great weekend!
Our next Saturday Sampler will be this coming Saturday, July 13th. We will begin at 9 a.m. in the classroom area of the Demonstration Garden. The topic for this month is Basil. We have several different varieties of basil in the garden this year, so we are going to be looking at those different types and how they could be used for healthful cooking in your kitchen.
Remember, the farmers market is going on, so you should plan a little extra time to park and walk to the garden area, if you aren’t going to come early and shop!
No registration is required and the class is free, so come on out!
I know I’ve teased you and hinted at the Saturday Samplers programs a couple of different times and I keep forgetting to write a blog post about them.
This series is a way for you to come get a free “sample” of our gardening and cooking programs this summer! One Saturday a month we will be meeting at 9 a.m. in the Demonstration Garden at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center (21st St N & Ridge Rd) to feature growing and cooking a different vegetable or herb. Participants will learn cooking and nutrition tips, timely gardening tips, and get a tour of the demonstration garden.
All Saturday Samplers are free and no registration is required. The Kansas Grown! Farmers’ Market will be going on in the parking lot, so participants are encouraged to plan accordingly.
April 6 – Grow Your Own Salad
May 4 – Herb Day
June 8 – Garlic & Shallots
July 13 – Beyond Basic Basil
July 27 – Tomato Day
August 17 – Eggplant
September 21 – Fall Root Vegetables
Topics may be subject to change due to what is happening in the garden, so watch the blog for updates as we get going!
Unfortunately, due to the amount of snow that piled up last week and the beginning of this week, I didn’t get more pictures of the garden until yesterday.
You can see that the snow on the beds nearest the building has already started melting significantly, but that the far end is still piled and drifted with snow. It should be a good amount of moisture (and protection) for the garlic and shallots for the time being. It’s kind of nice having a winter that looks like winter for a change.
Normally I would have a few teaser pictures from the Outdoor Living & Landscape Show to share, but again, I didn’t get my camera down there yet. I’ll probably have a few pictures next week. Meanwhile, you can find out anything pertinent about the show here: Outdoor Living & Landscape Show. The list of seminars is there as well.
The 3rd annual Grow Good Food Workshop is fast approaching! It will be on Saturday, March 23rd here at the Extension Office. You can see the schedule and register online at http://growgoodfood.eventbrite.com/