Home Kitchen Garden Tours

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The Garden Club of Concord is sponsoring FREE and self-guided Home Kitchen Garden Tours Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1-4 PM. To visit the gardens, come to the Farmers Market between 10 AM and 2 PM to pick up your FREE tour ticket at the Garden Club table.
 
Enjoy visiting three Concord home gardens and learn from these home owners who are using sustainable gardening practices to grow vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, and to keep chickens and bees. 

Here is a sneak preview of the gardens:

Near Great Meadows: Vegetables, Berries, Honeybees & Pollinator Plants

Visitors will discover an inspiring, environmentally friendly, sustainable and beautiful environment.  Front yard flower gardens are filled with pollinator plants. (“I only buy and plant what the bees like!” says the owner.) Among those started by seed in a small greenhouse include coreopsis, bee balm, echinacea, and Russian sage along with swamp milkweed and butterfly weed, the only plants on which the endangered monarch butterfly will lay her eggs. A large expanse overlooking a small pond is almost entirely devoted to vegetables, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries, and a software program aids in crop rotation and succession planting. There are no pesticides here, soaker hoses irrigate the beds and can be controlled remotely when the owners are away, and the compost from a large bin adds fertility to the beds.

In-town Family Gardening: How to Create a Vibrant Garden Space for a Young

Family

This organic garden is blooming with ideas and inspiration to delight the food gardener in all of us and has provided lots of hands-on learning experiences for this young family! Asian pear trees, red currants, blueberries, raised vegetable beds, potted tomatoes and herbs occupy the small garden space. We won’t give away all the surprises that await visitors, but let’s just say there is even a beneficial bug habitat tower.  

Near Walden Woods: 44 Years of Vegetable Growing Experience, Plus Fruit Trees & More

It seems like there isn’t a vegetable this homeowner isn’t growing, including Italian radicchio started from seeds his brother brings back from Italy. Visitors can see the dedicated indoor growing room where the gardener starts his seeds. Outside, you can view this year’s turn of rotational gardening, with one bed designated for sweet corn and another with sweet potatoes, trained on netting, and to be dug later with the grandchildren. Vertical gardening is displayed with gourds, French pole beans and more. All of this is protected from deer with a low electric fence. This food gardener irrigates with well water, uses no pesticides, and creates rich soil with local composted cow manure and fish emulsion. 

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