This post covers three topics as we welcome the onset of spring, which officially begins this Friday, March 20 at 6:45 P.M. EDT! First topic is this Saturday’s Delivery / Pickup service, second topic is the Plant CSA signup deadline which is today, and last topic is information on our gardening classes which begin on March 29.
March 21 Delivery / Pickup Service
Hattie’s Garden will have delivery / pickup service for this Saturday, March 21 (deadline for ordering is Wednesday, March 18 at noon).
We will not operate the service for Saturday, March 28. Our schedule for April will be posted soon.
We are thrilled to have some new produce coming from Chesapeake Organic. Some of their greens are making good progress with the warmth and light and we will have more and larger heads of red or green lettuce this week, as well as lots of Swiss Chard. There should be ample spinach as well.
You will also see we have been able to lower the price on a couple of produce items as they have become more abundant.
And don’t forget your eggs, meat, honey, jelly and jam, baked goods and gourmet food items. Our wonderful vendors keep us stocked well.
We advise you to please place your orders, especially if you are going to want produce items, as soon as possible.
Plant CSA Ordering Deadline: March 15
The deadline for signing up for the Plant CSA credits is today. The deadline for payment of the Plant CSA credits is April 1. If you are still interested in getting in on the discounts by paying in advance, please sign up now!
Discounts for any 4″ pot is about 11% and everything else is a 10% discount. Along with receiving these savings, you also will get first pick options at our plant sales and top notch gardening advice.
Our first plants will be ready late April / early May. This is about a week later than last year due to our colder than normal weather. We stagger our plants, planting everything more than one time and generally have plants throughout May and June.
Plant sales will be held at the garden and we also bring as many plants as possible to the Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) beginning Saturdays from 8 to Noon on May 9.
But, the best selection is always here at the garden and plant sales will be advertised through the blog and held various days and times to accommodate as many people as possible. You may also make separate arrangements to come and get plants if our plant sale time-frame does not work for you.
Gardening Classes Begins March 29
Hattie’s Garden will offer two classes this spring. Each class will have two sessions and more classes will be added if needed. The class size will be limited to 8 or less students.
The cost is $100 for each class. Included in your “tuition” will be supplies and seeds to start one large tray of transplants for your own garden.
Classes will meet twice over a two-week time-frame to give gardeners time in between the class sessions to work on their garden plans.
The first session will get you started on your plans for your garden so that at the end of the two sessions, you should be well on your way to preparing and planting your vegetable garden.
- Sundays, March 29 and April 12 from Noon to 3.
- Mondays, March 30 and April 13 from 4 to 7.
How to Register
Simply email Hattie that you would like to attend, including your choice of either the Sunday sessions or the Monday sessions. To reserve your spot, please either mail $100 check to Hattie’s Garden, 31341 Kendale Rd, Lewes, DE 19958, or give it to her in person no later than March 25.
Classes are held at the Kendale Rd. address both inside and out in the garden.
In the event you would like to take the class, but the time-frames offered are inconvenient, please email Hattie in case she is able to add an additional class.
Vegetable gardening is not difficult. Anyone can garden. The class will suit both those who already have experience and those who have none. Hattie will introduce and review basic principles, materials, tools and techniques and include plenty of source material for further information and study.
What the Class Will Cover
Planning and Preparation for Gardening
- Site Location
- Soil Preparation
- Crop Selection
- Care of your Garden
Soil Science & Organic Gardening
- Basic Soil Science
- Principles of Organic Gardening
- Soil life & Organic gardening
Getting the Most from your Garden
- Preparing and Preserving Food
- Succession Planting
- Fall and Winter Gardening
Yours welcoming spring,