Monday, July 16, 2012

Hamburg Garden Walk and The Giving Garden

The Giving Garden, again a featured garden on the Hamburg Garden Walk, welcomed over 200 visitors this past weekend.  Saturday was a hot and humid sunny day and Sunday it softly rained all morning, then turned into another muggy day of sunshine.

The Giving Garden is an experiential, hands-on garden that is turning out young master gardeners into our world ... some students have been involved in planting and growing for 4 years.  Their gardening skills and love of growing healthy, good things will be with them the rest of their lives.

We shared some tasty treats like Rat Tail Radishes, an above ground heirloom variety of radish which takes 28 - 30 days from seed to radish pod and literally yields hundreds of tiny veggie pods ripe for the picking.  The pods grow above ground and are lightly peppery, slightly spicy and are a more reliable producer unlike traditional radishes. Betsy Bily, a Village of Hamburg seasoned gardener, shared this veggie seedling with us and now we plan to grow again and again.  They are an ideal addition to salads and perfect finger sized for children and dipping in hummus, ranch, or other dips.

We will be saving the seeds for the Rat Tail Radish at the end of the season. This variety of radish can be purchased from Seed Savers Exchange.

Garden walkers also tasted bush green beans and meandered through beds of many other heirloom varieties of veggies and herbs as well as seeing our compost manure pile with pumpkins vines poking out. We offered seed packets from The Garden Hut as give-aways and loved giving tours to all the inquisitive gardeners and garden visitors.