Our Garden is growing so nicely. The onset of spring has resulted in longer daylight hours and stronger sunlight every day. As a result, we are finally able to plant early crops in the Garden such as arugula, turnips, radishes, spinach and snap peas.
Our Larkspur and Bachelor Buttons survived the winter nicely and are beginning to grow. We have planted over 500 baby lavender and pink ‘Champion’ Campanula plants (aka Bellflower), as well as zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, gomphrena, lisianthus, snapdragons.
We have also started tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, herbs and more in trays and pots. Lots of babies are living in the hoop house, waiting for the ground to warm up so they can be tucked into their nice warm beds both here and in your Garden.
And we are very excited this year to have 30 lbs. of ginger roots in moist organic Vermont Compost potting soil, living in our utility room at a comfortable 75-78 degrees so they can be planted out into our high tunnel after all the babies find a home and things begin to get tropical under the dome!
Cool Weather Plants on Sale
Stop by this Friday, March 31 from 10 to 6 for some early cool weather plants.
We have several lettuce varieties including Hattie’s favorite butterhead heirloom Pirat butterhead, as well as the standard delicious Buttercrunch, and a nice heirloom butterhead known as Kagraner Sommer. Our loose leaf are Red Sails and Black-seeded Simpson. The romaines are Majestic Red and Forellenschluss.
Dill, chives and cilantro plants are ready to go in the ground as well. More plants will continue to be ready each week and the bulk of our warmer weather plants will begin their availability toward the end of April and throughout May. We do several plantings of each item so you may have a wider window in which to purchase healthy plants that are ready to grow. We use only the best potting soil and do not allow our plants to become root-bound.
We are grateful to our Plant CSA participants for helping us with our startup costs for this season, as well as grateful to ALL our customers. We will have plenty of plants for everyone.
This week we will update the plant section on our website. We will be adding a couple of new tomato varieties, including the unstoppable and absolutely delicious cherry tomato called Jasper. We have grown this for a couple years now and this award winner is unbelievable. It will provide you with wonderful delicious cherry tomatoes for a long season and we have not grown a more disease resistant cherry tomato plant — perfect for our climate. There will also be more choices for mild orange and yellow tomatoes.
We are adding Swiss chard to our vegetable selections. For flowers, we have added the cute little edible Gem marigold series and again offer our Jewel Nasturtiums that are so wonderfully spicy in salads.
Cost for attendance is $100 and payment secures your place. For more information and to learn what the class covers, please see our 2017 Gardening Classes post.
You can register online for one of two classes held over two three-hour sessions at Hattie’s Garden. The dates are:
- Saturday Class: held on April 1 and April 8 from 2 – 5 p.m.
- Sunday Class: held on April 2 and April 9 from 2 – 5 p.m.
Yours in the Garden,