University of Maryland Extension

Successful Grow It Eat It Open House

Author: 
Terri Valenti

Successful Grow It Eat It Summer Open House in Montgomery County

The Master Gardeners of Montgomery County held their third Grow It Eat It Open House on June 29th.  The Open House’s goal was to encourage great summer gardens by teaching gardeners how to overcome seasonal challenges.  Over 270 gardeners attended the free event, traveling from around Montgomery County as well as from surrounding counties and Washington DC to enjoy the beautiful day and the lectures, information tables, expert advice, and the plantings and displays in the Montgomery County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden.

Lecture topics included extending the vegetable garden growing season, pests and diseases, growing grapes and making wine, food preservation, and seed saving.  A vibrant cooking demonstration showed off many ways to include herbs in summer dishes.

Visitors learned about tool sharpening and care, had gardening questions answered, helped children plant beans or took them on a hayride tour of the Derwood Agricultural Farm History Park.   Montgomery County Recycling Center was onsite to provide information and free composting bins, and Manna Food Center had a table introducing the Plant a Row program.   Summer plants were also for sale at the event.

The demonstration garden showcased its summer beauty while Master Gardeners stationed throughout the garden talked about topics such as building low tunnels for pest and cold protection, small-space intensive planting, straw bale gardening, composting, herbs, fruit, pests, container gardening, pollinators, and composting.

The Grow It Eat It team looks forward to more Open Houses in 2014!

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