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Garden to table meals start at Weidners Gardens

David Boylan

Real BBQ is smoked low and slow like they do at That Boy Good
The Lick the Plate potted herb garden from Weidners includes 10 different herbs in 3 pots.
Photo courtesy David Boylan

As any good chef will tell you, the best meals come from locally sourced, fresh ingredients. It does not get any more local than a herb and vegetable garden in your yard, patio, or deck. I’ve had gardens in some form going way back to tending delicious summer tomatoes that grew likes weeds in the heat and humidity of Michigan. I don’t consider myself an expert by any means, which is why I’m very happy to have some professionals at Weidners Gardens in Encinitas to assist with my home gardening needs. Kalim Owens and Oliver Storm run the show at Weidners and I had a conversation with them about home gardens and their Celebration of Herbs & Veggies festival happening during the month of March.

LTP
I’m excited to get my garden started this year and am happy to have a local nursery like Weidners that has such a great selection. What kinds of herbs and veggies do you have available this year?

Weidners
We are going to have just about anything available that you need for a full garden.
30-40 different tomato varieties form small fruit to really large Heirlooms, Peppers, Squash, Cucumbers, Potato’s, Strawberries to name some and a full line of Herbs with many different varieties. Orange, Lemon and Avocado trees. We also have a full line of fruit trees and berries. Blueberries, Raspberries, Figs, Apricots, Plums, Apples and many more.

LTP
While I have space in my yard for a garden, I’ve had huge problems with gophers and am going to try going with a potted garden this year. You specialize in helping out folks in a similar situation or who simply don’t have the room. Tell me what herbs and veggies grow best in pots and some tips for a successful potted garden.

Weidners
Any herbs and veggies you grow in your garden you can grow in a pot. Tomatoes, cucumbers, basically the more vigorous plants you want to grow in larger containers, say a 15 gallon pot or bigger. Smaller veggies like peppers you can put into smaller pots like a 5-gallon. And then most herbs can go into pots as small as 6” pots or combined with other herbs in larger pots. Except maybe basil, it’s a loaner that likes to be on it’s own. Start with a good potting mix like Weidners very own potting soil that provides good drainage, get the plants growing and then feed with a vegetable fertilizer every two weeks until you see fruit. Veggie pots will need 2 or 3 watering’s a week as a rule of thumb. When the crop is finished dump out the soil, reload and go again.

LTP
Your Celebration of Herbs & Veggies runs throughout the month but the weekend of March 21 and 22 is the big party at the nursery. What do you have going on that weekend?

Weidners
We are having speakers both days. We are starting off with Ms. Klibbs. She is making her award winning “Lavender Lima Bean White Chocolate Bars. Master Gardener Karan Cooper will talk about Heirloom Tomatoes “from Seed to Salsa”. Sunday Roy Wilburn will talk about “Herbs for your health” and “Growing spring veggies” Every customer gets a free basil plant with a purchase. All herbs and vegetables are 10% off for the weekend. Best of all we are going to have free hot dogs for lunch. Details for the schedule are on the Weidners Gardens website: www.weidners.com

LTP
You have some unique herbs available this year including a special mint for Mojitos. That sounds very fun…tell me more!

Weidners
Mojitos have been a popular drink in the last years; it’s a very trendy cocktail. We have a special Mojito Mint that is used to prepare this drink. Do you have problems with gophers? We have Gopher Purge. How about some Epazote? This herb is used mainly in the South American community; it’s a great spice to use with meats, soups and anything else. Do you have fever? We have Feverfew. How about a cold? Use Hyssop to get rid of the cold. Need a sweetener for your tea? Use Stevia, we will have it.

LTP
Besides your huge selection of herbs and veggies, you are actually famous for your coloring plants, tell me more about those?

Weidners
We are known for our Tuberous Begonia, Fuchsias and many other flowering plants. No other place shows a floral display like Weidners Gardens. We sale Fuchsias from 4.5” plants all the way up to 4 foot trees. No one has more varieties than we have. Our Begonias are famous. Many different kinds are available. The ENCANTO Begonia has become a huge hit in the last 2 years. Beautiful single orange red flowers that will bloom all spring and well into the summer.

LTP
What else can folks find at Weidners Gardens?

Weidners
When people come to Weidners Gardens they experience the WOW effect. Our plants are so healthy and beautiful. Did you know that we are growers? 90% of all plants we sale are grown in our own greenhouses. We have chairs all around the nursery so folks can just sit and take a moment to enjoy the flower show. So that’s another thing people can find at Weidners, a chance to sit and take a moment to enjoy the flowers.

We just upgraded our Succulent section. We are installing a new display area and have increased our offerings greatly. You can find unusual plants in our collection. Sabine our succulent guru creates great succulent arrangements. We also have a succulent day scheduled with fantastic speakers for April 18. Debra Lee Baldwin and Jeff Moore are talking all succulents.

Weidners Gardens is located at 695 Normandy Road, Encinitas. 760.436.2194 www.weidners.com

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