Greetings to our Friends & Fellow Gardeners!
It’s Summer Harvest Time again, a time of abundance, sharing, and some of the most delectable flavors our Good Earth has to offer. Whether you are growing your own, participating in a CSA, or shopping at your local Farmer’s Markets, we hope you have been enjoying the bounty, sharing it with friends and with those in need, and canning, freezing, fermenting, curing or drying the surplus so you can enjoy some of the treasures of summer later in the year.
TASTE OF TOMATO
Tomato Lovers Unite! Harlequin’s Gardens is happy to be partnering again with Boulder County CSU Extension Service to present the 4th Annual Taste of Tomato: a Tasting & Celebration of Home-Grown Tomatoes on Saturday September 6th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the big tent at the Gateway Park Fun Center, 4800 North 28th St. in Boulder. The event is FREE to those who bring tomatoes to share and only $5 otherwise. Click on the link here for complete entry information: https://www.harlequinsgardens.com/plants/edibles/vegetables/taste-of-tomato-a-tomato-festival-2014/
If you have never attended one of our tomato tastings before, you are in for a great treat! We invite you to a rare opportunity for tomato-lovers of all ages, an event that’s the most fun you can have with food, especially for such a low entry fee! At last year’s Taste of Tomato, close to 200 people got to sample more than 100 different varieties of tomato! Some were new to us, and many were awesome. Each participant gets to taste, evaluate, and then vote for their 5 favorites. Please bring your home-grown favorites for us all to taste! If you are not growing your own, you can bring local farm-grown tomatoes (not hydroponic), as long as the grower is able to give you the correct name of the variety (minimum 3 or more tomatoes of one variety, or 10 cherry or other small tomatoes of one variety). For event and entry details, go to https://www.harlequinsgardens.com/plants/edibles/vegetables/taste-of-tomato-a-tomato-festival-2014/
DOOR PRIZES, SEED-SAVING DEMOS, EXPERT GROWING ADVICE
This year we will again conduct a drawing every half hour for valuable door-prizes, and Harlequin’s Gardens staff and Boulder County Master Gardeners will be on hand to offer expert tomato-growing advice and help with tomato problems, We will also conduct seed-saving demonstrations, demonstrating how easy it is to save seeds from your own tomatoes.
FALL VEGETABLE STARTS
You don’t have to say goodbye to fresh homegrown vegetables just because it’s almost Fall and frost is coming. We have LOTS of hardy vegetable starts for fall planting and fall/winter harvests, including many varieties of kale, lettuces, mescluns, mustards and spicy greens, broccoli raab, leaf broccoli (spigariello), swiss chards, spinach, arugula, beet greens, etc.
Our first shipment of FALL BULBS has arrived! This year we have some beautiful new varieties, in addition to the ones you have tried and loved.
GARLIC & SHALLOT BULBS
We are expecting our garlic and shallot bulbs to arrive within the next week, and we are very glad we are able this year to offer 4 great varieties of heirloom garlic, 3 of them certified organic. And we will have French Red shallots, also certified organic!
This is the time of year when hardy ornamental grasses really shine. Grasses often make the perfect ‘shrub-substitute’ in narrow planting spaces, especially along walkways. And they add grace, fine texture and movement to perennial and shrub plantings, as well as color and tremendous winter interest. Our grasses establish very successfully from fall plantings.
Fall really is a great time to plant, and our Fall Sale has begun, featuring our healthy, well-adapted, non-toxic plants and garden products. Our DEEP DISCOUNT AREA is open, with an amazing variety of excellent perennials, herbs, roses, grasses, shrubs and trees at below-cost prices! You will definitely find some treasures! See our FALL NEWSLETTER for the discounts offered each week. https://www.harlequinsgardens.com/2014/08/15/harlequins-gardens-fall-newsletter-2014/
We hope to see you very soon!
Mikl & Eve Brawner and the fabulous staff at Harlequin’s Gardens