Thursday, February 12, 2009

Spring Fever Gardening

While our broccoli is harvest-ready, the arugula behind it is beginning to flower, which means it's time to re-plant. The Meyer lemon tree is in full bloom, the fruit tree class I took instructed me to pull off all the baby fruit for a few years, but I just can't bring myself to remove them all. And a new addition, a Mandarin orange tree named "Nick" (I gave matching "Nora" to Richard Chamberlain for his birthday) is suffering from Puppy Chewitis, a common ailment in our backyard these days.

So the gardening bug bit you too? I found out North Haven Gardens is having a series of classes on Saturday, February 21st called "Let's Go Organic!"; beginning at 11:30 with Wildlife 911 (keeping critters out), 12:30 with Patti Moreno, or Gardengirl, on sustainable gardening, 1:30 Victor Peck of the Dallas Zoo offers a kid-friendly discussion on the organic veggie garden, and 2:45 a class on preserving and harvesting herbs by Kay Nelson.

And, beginning on Sunday, April 5th (all day) comes the:
"First Sunday Farmer's Market". In conjunction with,

"they will feature local producers of grass-fed meats and organic vegetables right at North Haven Gardens! The great folks at will be here with their local growers the first Sunday of each month through summer."

Other food events hosted by NHG through April include:

February 28th 10:30 - "Herbs for the Shade Garden" with Barbara Gollman, Dallas County Master Gardener

March 11, 11:30 - "Details About Tea" by The Cultured Cup, exploring flavored vs. scented teas.

March 18, 11:00 - "The Spring Vegetable Garden" by Leslie Finical Halleck (NHG), all the basics covered.

March 21, 1:30 - "Tons of Tomatoes" with Tom Wilten, Dallas County Master Gardener. I can believe this is one of their best attended - I'm dying to find out. It says come early to get a seat.

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