This weekend at North Haven Gardens, our Summer Edible Festival will get you in the mood!
Is fresh, organic, local food high on your list of priorities? If so, why not give vegetable gardening a try? There is nothing more satisfying than cooking with fresh food just picked from your own backyard. Growing your own is healthier for you and better for the environment!
If you’re just getting started with edibles, there are many simple options. Most edibles can be grown in simple patio planters. If you have a bit of sunny yard space available, an easy-to-assemble raised bed kit can get you growing in no time at all.
If you love to cook then culinary herbs are a great place to start. Fresh herbs add more than just flavor to kitchen recipes, they can also be infused into cocktails and popped into cut flower arrangements. From heat tolerant lavender to cold hardy cilantro, there is an herb to plant each season throughout the year!
Right now we’re planting basil for summer pesto, lemon verbena to add to iced tea and mint in containers for use in homemade mojitos. Most herbs are great for container plantings or mixing into your flowering landscape beds. Pop Up Classes: Take a tour of Herbs Saturday at 10am. At 4pm learn to make herbal drinks.
Here in Texas, we like it hot! From our weather to our peppers, the heat is where we thrive. If you’ve never grown vegetables before, peppers are a great place to start. They’re easy to grow, can be grown in containers on a patio or even tucked into a sunny ornamental garden.
Plus, they don’t mind the heat of summer or drying out a bit between waterings. We love adding hot peppers to fresh homemade salsas (of course) but we also love adding fresh jalepenos to a bloody Mary mix or a non-traditional pesto sauce. This season, try the newest habanero variety called ‘Peach’. It’s beautiful and tasty! Pop Up Class: What Vegetables to Plant Now on Sunday at 3:30.
The best tomatoes are always ones you grow yourself. Did you know that we have two seasons for growing tomatoes here in North Texas? Plant your spring crop in March, but don’t miss planting window for fall harvest tomatoes. We have transplants available now and they can be planted through mid-July.
You’ll have fresh tomatoes ripening in October and November! Be sure to stop by for tasty varieties like ‘Sungold Select II’ in quarts, plus heat tolerant favorites such as ‘Solar Fire’ and ‘Sun Sugar’ in 4-inch pots. Learn all the best tips to Grow your Own Tomato Harvest Saturday at 2pm.
Once you get growing, you’ll find that harvesting your own fresh produce is one of the most rewarding gardening endeavors.
Our full list of programs is on our website. Plus, show off your skills by entering our popular Salsa Contest on Saturday or the Pesto contest on Sunday. www.nhg.com