A Garden Gives Back showhouse project has taken on a life of its own. Originally, because it’s the way I think, I just thought it would be a good thing to donate the produce to those who most needed it. That way the garden would benefit not only its host charity, Morristown Memorial Hospital at the front end, but at the back end it would also benefit the community at large via the Interfaith Food Pantry.
I started talking it up locally as well as in the various places I post online. Like a spring tree bursting into bloom it exploded into something so much larger than what it started off to be. Now, also because it’s the way I think, that’s a great thing.
Morris County, NJ is one of the richest counties in the United States–always in the top 10 and yet there are 10,000 people who live here at food risk. I think that’s shameful.
This will be the first of a series of posts about the garden and those donating their time and products to make it a resounding success. The first order of business beyond the plan and some general meetings was to decide on the crops. Since the garden is temporary and will really only be in existence for 6-10 weeks of early spring, our choices were limited to cool weather vegetables with short times to maturity. Odd and esoteric veggies were excluded. Those selected not only had to do the work in a short time, but they had to have visual impact–this is after all a display garden. A few things will be started indoors this week and the rest sowed directly in early April in succession.
Here’s what we decided on:
Sugar Snap Peas
Ruby Red Swiss Chard
Green Curled Kale ‘Ripbor’
Lettuces: ‘Rouge D’Hiver’, ‘Red Sails’, ‘Jericho’ and a Mesculin mix
Tatsoi (Asian Greens)
Radishes ‘Pink Beauty’
Beets ‘Chioggia Guardsmark’