March 16, 2016

Successfully growing veggies and herbs

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” ~Miles Kington

In this time of high consumer desire for healthy, fresh, and safe eating, at home or while dining out, top chefs and homeowners alike are turning to growing their own produce. Whether planted in a plot, a container, or scattered among your landscape, homegrown vegetables and herbs give you the pleasure of savoring delicious, sun-warmed, fresh-tasting meals grown just outside your door.

On Saturday, March 26, the Carefree Desert Gardens welcomes back Master Gardener Carol Stuttard, a gardening educator. Carol says: “We are lucky with vegetable gardening here in the desert because we have not one, but two growing seasons – Spring and Fall.” Learn how to grow your own delicious vegetables and herbs, with special consideration for the sightly higher elevations found in and around the Cave Creek area. She will teach how to lay out your garden, soil preparation, watering and of course what you can grow successfully!

Carol has taught Spring and Fall Vegetable Gardening classes for the Valley Permaculture Alliance and Scottsdale Public Library. She has been on PBS and had her own show on Channel 11, Scottsdale for Vegetable Gardening. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at Maricopa Community College. Carol has been featured in many Valley publications.

The program, usually including a plant raffle, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run approximately until noon in the Town Council Chambers located in the U.S. Post Office Building, 100 Easy Street, Carefree. A $5 (or more) donation is appreciated to support these programs.

For information call 480-488-3686. Come early. Seating is limited.