On Thursday, May 19 from 2 to 5, and on Sunday, May 22 from 12 to 3, Hattie’s Garden will hold plant sales. We have an outstanding selection of vegetable, flower and herb plants available for the home gardener.
If you need to visit at another time, please e-mail Hattie to set up an appointment.
We will attend the Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) with as many plants as we can carry on Saturday, May 21 from 8 to 12, but because of space limitations, your best selection will always be found at the Hattie’s Garden on Thursday and Sunday.
Please note the new location on the grounds of the George H.P. Smith Park at the corner of Dupont and Johnson Avenues. For good parking and easy access, use Sussex Drive off of Savannah Road and park in one of the school parking lots. Follow the signs. You can enter directly into the market from the parking lot behind the school.
We enjoyed the Garden Shack Farmers Market (Thursday 2 to 6) so much that we are anxious to get back. We think we may be able to return for next week, May 26.
Available Plants This Week
Vegetable Plants — Hattie’s Garden has a variety of quality vegetable plants for the home gardener.
- Tomatoes — Beautiful selection of Heirloom, Hybrid and Cherry tomato varieties.
- Peppers — We have gastronomically indispensable Hot Peppers, mild and crisp Sweet Bell, and other Sweet Pepper plants which include Italian frying/roasting peppers.
- Cucumber Plants — In four-packs (can be divided).
- Eggplants — terrific Asian and Italian varieties.
- Lettuce — Gourmet Lettuce Mix “plugs”.
- Squash — Wonderful summer squash includes Patty Pan and Zephyr.
Herb Plants — Herbs as a group are relatively easy to grow and can be very rewarding. They are well suited for planting in the ground, or maintaining in containers close to the kitchen, on the patio, on the back-porch steps, or even on the kitchen windowsill. Remember though, sun is essential for their growth and maintenance. Most of our culinary herbs come from the Mediterranean and other sun-drenched regions, so they will need a place where the sun shines at least eight hours a day.
- Parsley — Flat ‘Giant of Italy’ and Curly ‘Krausa’.
- Bouquet Dill — Delightful herb with many culinary uses.
- Calypso Cilantro — Excellent eating quality and lots of leaves on this variety.
- Berggarten Sage — The flavor of this common sage is excellent.
- Chives — Hardy perennial with lilac-colored flowers that bloom in June and July.
- Greek Oregano — If you want to “true” oregano, Greek Oregano is the one to plant.
- Thyme — English and Lemon varieties.
- Rosemary ‘Arp’ — A delightful culinary rosemary.
- Genovese-type Basil — High-yielding Dolly and authentic Italian Large Leaf.
- 12″ Oval Herb Planters — with Chives, Greek Oregano, English Thyme, Flat Parsley, Berggarten Sage.
Flower Plants — We do not treat our flower plants with Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) or other chemical fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides, and therefore they may not show the beginning of blooms when selecting them for purchase. However, please know they will be healthy, and perform magnificently in your gardens.
- Benary Giant Cutting Zinnias — In mixed or individual colors.
- Oklahoma Cutting Zinnias — Produces nice medium sized flowers good for bouquets.
- Profusion Bedding Zinnias — Beautiful and heat tolerant.
- French Marigolds — Great for cheering up any garden.
- Double Click Cosmos — These beautiful cosmos grow to 4 ft. tall and provide lots of frilly double blooms for cut flowers. Cosmos need only average soil and are simple to care for. No need to fertilize. You may also plant them close together. Mixed, Cranberry and Rose Bonbon varieties available.
- Nasturtiums — In large pots.
Available Produce This Week
When you come for your plants, don’t forget to pickup some fresh salad ingredients. This week we will have the following freshly harvested produce.
- Arugula — Young and very tasty. Triple-washed.
- Kale — Two kinds of triple-washed kale; very flavorful Premier, an heirloom also known as Early Hanover, and Red Russian. We harvest this as young kale for use in salads or for very quick cooking. It is always delicious.
- Lettuce — Beautiful heads of several varieties.
- Radishes — Beautiful and crunchy.
- Hakurei Turnips — Sweet, delicate, small white morsels of delight with the nicest greens of any turnip we have ever seen.
- Herbs — Fresh Herbs including wonderful “mojito” Mint, tangy Dill, gorgeous Cilantro, fragant Rosemary and soft, sweet, savory Sage.
Did you know Sage has been used since ancient times for medicinal purposes and food preservation? Medicinally, it was used as a digestive aid and for the treatment of headaches and the enhancement of memory. Although under-appreciated in American culture, Sage is used in a broad range of recipes elsewhere, especially in its native home of the northern Mediterranean coast. Take a look at this write-up on sage from the World’s Healthiest Foods.
Bean and split pea soups benefit from the addition of sage and sage makes a great addition to scones, biscuits and cornbread. Sage goes well in all apple dishes and is a natural with asparagus, mushrooms, string beans, eggplant, tomatoes, pumpkin and yes, blueberries and cherries! Try fried sage leaves (toss briefly in hot olive oil without burning the oil — delicious) as an accompaniment to a meal — especially tomato-based or meat and potato based meals.
We look forward to seeing you at the Garden on Thursday and Sunday, as well as the HLFM on Saturday.
Yours in the garden and at the market,