Buy a Useful Plant
Herbs, Vegetables, Fruit
Gladden a Neighbor’s Table This Thanksgiving
An astonishing variety of edible plants may be grown in our area. Please drop by and learn how almost any space may be used to grow something healthy and delicious. EVERY CENT from the sale goes to the food pantry’s Thanksgiving ministry.
Where? Fall Festival
Grace United Methodist Church
When? Saturday, October 15
From 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
65 Needle Boulevard Merritt Island
Also At The Fall Festival – Pumpkin Patch – Food Booths – Cake Walk – Trash to Treasure Sale – Crafts – Silent Auction – Children’s Games – Bounce House – Blessing Of The Pets – Entertainment
Grace United Methodist Church – 65 Needle Boulevard – Merritt Island
About the plants
The reason I thought to do this in the first place was that I have some really nice large Feijoa/pineapple guava and grumichama cherry plants. These plants are very ornamental and well worth adding to the landscape in our area.
I also have some of the more common Surinam cherry, which we always called Florida cherry. They are often used as hedges and while the fruit is nothing to rave about, they are edible.
Will also have some yellow guava, strawberry guava, natal plum and pineapple slips. I may take a couple of very small Barbados cherry plants. The Barbados cherry is rapidly becoming a favorite with me. The plants are lovely when in bloom with masses of pink flowers. I really like the fruit, which in addition to a tart flavor like sour candy, is extremely high in vitamin C.
I will have bay laurel, lemon grass, basils and spearmint. I have potted up some turmeric, but since they start to go dormant this time a year, will make the decision next week whether or not they look “sellable”. Also have some vanilla orchids that are partially rooted. But it you want it, this will be a great opportunity to get one cheap.
Will have some of the perennial African blue basil, which when kept in a container makes a great pollinator plant to keep near whatever fruit is in flower.
I have some very small lemon eucalyptus, which, while small right now, will grow rapidly once they get going. This is absolutely the best mosquito repellent you can grow in our area. I also have one large plant for sale. Because these grow so fast, and if left unchecked would soon become trees, I strongly recommend growing them in containers. Container grown, they make a great addition to any area of the landscape where you are likely to spend time outdoors. I have been known to break off young stems and toss into the path of my lawn mower. This really does drive the mosquitoes away. Because they grow fast, you will want to trim often, but never throw out those trimmings! Add them to the mulch around your landscape. In addition to driving away mosquitoes I have read that they deter other pests like ticks and fleas. Lemon eucalyptus is cold sensitive (which is why you do not want to grow as trees) but if kept in a container, can be covered and protected if we have a hard freeze. Grown in a container, which I cannot suggest strongly enough, you will have a moveable mosquito repellent to place where most needed while enjoying the outdoors. My sister was getting mosquitoes on her screened porch, so I gave her one last spring. I notice her porch-grows plant grows slower, but it does grow quite well all the same.
My goal with vegetables was to offer some that people could have and use by Thanksgiving. Container grown, vegetables can be added to a patio, balcony, or other areas where space is limited.
So what will I bring?
Little baskets combining garlic chives, red lettuce and mini snow peas.
Mustard, spinach, onion, some small tomato plants planted with basil, corn planted with beans, zucchini, sweet potatoes.
And more: This is by no means a complete list of what I will offer. I am probably forgetting a few things, and will likely make last minute decisions about others. In addition to the edibles, I will bring a few ornamentals.
While the money from the sale goes to a great cause – our food pantry’s Thanksgiving meals – the price for plants will be kept as low as possible. For example, plants in 4-inch pots, such as the little lemon eucalyptus, will be .50 cents or three per $1. Most of the larger items will range from $3.50 to $7.59, with the largest plants only $10. And the more you buy, the more I will be willing to discount.
First twenty customers that spend $10 or more will receive a free Garden-Florida magnet.
Come early for best selection.
Happy to answer your questions about edible landscaping!