April greetings, and that freeze we had earlier this week was no joke, right? Hope none of your plants got zapped. I was grateful for my own procrastination; my brassica seedlings won’t go into the ground until this weekend.
The uncertain temperatures of early spring make me think longingly of the more settled weather of mid-May (before I start complaining loudly about how hot it is). Another reason to look forward to May: the return of Montgomery County’s big Grow It Eat It open house on May 14!
We haven’t been able to offer this event in the last two years for obvious reasons, but now we are back! The activities will be taking place outdoors, out of continued caution, so there’s a rain date of May 15.
This is such a fun day for participants and for Master Gardener volunteers too! It’s a great chance to learn about a new aspect of gardening, to get your questions answered, to have fun with the kids, and to buy some plants for your garden. You’ll get to see our demonstration garden with our spring plants burgeoning and our summer crops just going in.
The event is free and you can participate in many of the activities for no cost. Some of the workshops and programs do require a fee and preregistration. Sign up soon because they will fill up! And if you want to attend our great soil testing workshop, you must sign up TODAY, April 1:
The fee for this workshop includes testing by a professional lab and postage, plus lots of great advice on how to improve the soil in your vegetable garden.
Take a look at all we have to offer! Hope to see you there.
By Erica Smith, Montgomery County Master Gardener. Read more posts by Erica.