Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Gardeners can make a difference

There is no more powerful combination than growing vegetables and generosity.

The Plant A Row for the Hungry effort urges gardeners to grow something for themselves and something to feed others. In Denver, the effort kicks off May 15 at the CSU Extension plant sale. Starter kits will be available for the first 100 people willing to plant vegetables to donate to Food Bank of the Rockies agency sites.

The plant sale is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CSU Extension offices in Harvard Gulch Park, 888 E. Iliff Avenue. The sale features heirloom and modern tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, other vegetables, basil, annuals and perennials. Plant flowers that attract bees alongside your squash, cucumbers, melons and other vegetables to make sure they are pollinated for good yields.

Starter kits include free vegetable and herb seeds donated by Botanical Interests, Plant A Row markers, Echter’s Garden Center coupons and other fun gardening items. You can double the pleasure you get from gardening by donating food to feed others in addition to eating food you grow yourself.

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