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Garden Club Sale this Saturday, May 4

April 27th, 2013 at Sat, 27th, 2013 at 2:46 pm by Karen Dale

My apologies for not blogging for soooo long, but it’s not because I haven’t been writing. (More on THAT below.)

BUT FIRST, the NEWS:  The V-MI Garden Club’s annual Plant Sale is this coming Saturday, May 4th!

Here you can buy nearly all the plant starts you need to jump-start your vegie garden, plus super-sized plant divisions of perennials and shrubs, garden paraphernalia at the boutique, driftwood planters succulently sown with sedums, and more goodies for the garden.

Carolyn Brinkley will bring her exotic perennials, Lynn Buscaglia has grown 100 hanging pots stuffed full of summer annuals, and Kay White’s crew will bring some (though fewer than last year) geraniums and fuchsia hanging baskets. The CLUB-HOUSE BAKERS will have treats for sale out front to sustain ALL OF YOU (and last year there were sooo many) who line up a half-hour before the opening bell.

Which will ring at 9am as the doors swing open. Last year’s mad crush of buyers swarmed my tomato table like bees on honey. So be warned.

Here’s what we Nuns of the Greenhouse have been growing for you:

Cool season crops: peas, lettuce mix, chard, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower color mix (you’ve seen the lavender cauliflower in Thriftway, now buy the seedling).

Herbs:  caraway, winter thyme, dill (to go with our pickling cukes), oregano, cilantro, parsley, and BASIL!!!

Flowers:  lobelia, sweet pea vines in gallons!, marigolds, and snapdragons.

Warm-season crops: cukes, basil, bell peppers, poblano peppers, tomatoes of course (see next line), and the earliest-possible CORN!  (buy minimum for a 4′ block of plants—about 48). 

Tomato Varieties:  EARLYS: Siberia, Northern Delight, Stupice, Siletz, Early Girl, Oregon Spring, and yellow Taxi. CHERRIES: SunGold, Gold Nugget, and Sweetie. HEIRLOOM: Kobe Beefsteak, Brandywine, and Gill’s All-Purpose from Gill’s Seed Company in Portland, Oregon. Plus FANTASTIK, a jumbo-sized vining slicer.  I have no idea what Kay White’s crew will bring, but last year it was even more cherry tomatoes and exotic heirlooms. All in either 4″ pots or gallons.

(The basil and the corn sold out last year in MERE MINUTES, so be warned…)

Sale opens at 9:00 and runs until noon. At Vashon Plaza—the same parking lot as IGA and the temporary library.

 You may see me handing out a flyer before the opening bell. Instead of blogging this winter/spring, I’ve been finishing my book, “Garden On, Vashon!” — a Year-Round, Years-Back Look at how We’ve  gardened, farmed, protected and cultivated this Island Paradise, featuring the names, stories, and advice of over 200 Islanders. I hope to publish it this fall with the help of this community and a KickStarter crowd-funding campaign to begin early next month. Stay TUNED!

gardens on the south end of Vashon Island, on a sandy hilltop overlooking Quartermaster Harbor. "Garden On, Vashon" shares what the Island has to teach us about gardening HERE—from making soils to sowing seeds to raising plants to harvest, cooking, preserving, and designing new ways to cultivate your little chunk of Vashon Island. To contact me, email, or leave a comment.

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