Our final delivery/pickup service for this season is this Saturday, April 18.
We are incredibly grateful for everyone’s support this winter. We could not do it without you.
Don’t forget your free-range eggs from Pure Harvest and Twin Post Farm, cheese from Chapels, as well as stocking up on your meat from Greenbranch, jams from Backyard Jams, and honey products from Baues’ Busy Bees. Patty’s Gourmet Foods and Old World Breads are offering wonderful fresh foods that should not be passed over.
We will resume our delivery/pickup for the 2015-2016 season beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving week (December 5, 2015), through the early spring. We’ve got great plans for next winter, including homemade soups using organic ingredients made by Hattie’s Garden. Because we have access to so much nice organic produce we think using it to create some good home-cooked food in a local commercial kitchen just makes sense.
Remember to get your orders in for this last delivery date by Wednesday at noon. We will remind you on Tuesday, but the early bird catches the proverbial worm… that is, many produce items will be limited.
In the meantime, Hattie’s Garden is going full ahead into our other ventures, beginning with a Gardening Class later today.
We are growing healthy plants for our own garden, as well as for our home gardening customers. We will have available to purchase tomato, eggplant, and pepper plants. And for the first time, we are offering summer squash and cucumber plants.
Our flowers include marigolds and zinnias of all sizes from small bedding flowers to cutting zinnias that could tower over your head! We will have a tall blue Ageratum houstonianum, Cosmos bipinnatus (Double Click and Sensation), Salvia farincea (Blue Bedder) and a few others such as Gomphrena globosa (Globe Amaranth) and Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon Rocket Mix) and just a plethora of herbs for you.
Resist the Temptation to Plant Early
Our plants are going to be ready a bit later than usual for a good reason. We have had an unusually late season for our area, and the ground is still not warm enough to produce good results.
Please try to plant later than usual this year. With the onset of the first few days of warm weather, the impulse to get out in the garden and plant can become very strong. However, it is usually best to wait until the weather is warmer to really get started planting. Doing so will ensure your plants will thrive and grow quickly, reach their potential innate disease-resistance qualities and become vigorous, while producing well for you.
Although you may be able to purchase plants from box stores now, there’s no advantage when all they will do is shiver until the weather really warms up. A plant that is in colder soil than it likes with colder nights than it wants, will languish and be unable to begin growth. During this time period while the plant waits for better conditions, it is weakened and will never produce as well as something planted at the right time – and of course with a good start in life in a healthy organic potting soil!
Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM)
In less than one month, on Saturday, May 9, the HLFM will begin its 10th year! Hattie’s Garden will be there offering many different varieties of vegetables, herbs and cut flowers.
Hattie’s Garden Produce & Flowers Outside the HLFM
Many of our customers have asked us to offer our produce and flowers outside the busy Saturday morning time-frame of the HLFM. Some of you are unable to get to HLFM and some of you simply need more produce sometime in the middle of the week.
As soon as we are able to harvest enough to make this possible, we will open during the week at the garden. You will receive notification of those days and hours.
The tentative plan is to open during the late afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday during the “high-season” of July 4 through Labor Day weekend, and for at least one day per week outside of the “high-season” dates when we have enough to sell. We will also allow you to place special orders you may pickup at your convenience (during daylight hours) if you are unable to come at the designated times.
And finally, we would like you to let us know if there is any other way we can serve you.
Yours in the Garden,