Denver’s Plant a Row for the Hungry campaign had a successful launch on Saturday at the CSU Extension Plant-A-Palooza Plant Sale. The weather cooperated as shoppers enjoyed browsing and buying vegetable plants, annuals, perennials, master gardener-grown containers and many other interesting items for the garden.
Many others promised to plant extra vegetables in their gardens this summer and donate the produce to a food bank in their neighborhood and everyone agreed Plant a Row is an important effort to help feed the hungry in our community.
It was great to hear so many gardeners tell me that for years they’ve been growing vegetables and donating the produce on their own, in conjunction with another nonprofit agency or through their church.
It was a bit chilly first thing in the morning, but that didn’t stop serious gardeners wanting to make sure they got their favorite varieties of tomatoes, peppers and other veggie transplants. The Denver master gardeners kept busy answering questions, keeping tables full and helping new gardeners make the best plant choices for their yards.
Families appreciated the garden starter kits filled with seeds donated by Botanical Interests, fertilizer from Osmocote, coupons from Echter’s and Tagawa Gardens, and Food Bank of the Rockies pamphlets in the compostable paper bags donated by Whole Foods.
Botanical Interests donated almost 400 packets of vegetable and herb seeds to help fill the starter kits. Each kit contained a different combination of seed packets and gardeners said they were delighted to try new varieties in their vegetable beds.
…and thanks to everyone who is planting, growing and donating to the Plant a Row effort!