Melissa Curry is excited to be part of the Fall Montavilla Gardens Tour this August. Mellisa describes here garden as consisting of, “five raised 10 by 4-foot beds packed to maximum capacity. I believe in experimenting with new varieties of flowers and vegetables every year — using organic, open-pollinated seed that I save at the end of the growing season. I start all flowers and vegetables from seed indoors or direct sow seeds when appropriate. This year, I experimented by dedicating one whole bed to cut flowers and am very pleased with the result so far. I grow over 20 different cut flower varieties and 12 dahlia varieties. I use only organic growing and pest management methods. I integrate pest-repelling and pollinator-attracting flowers throughout my garden. In addition to all of the flowers, I also grow three varieties of tomatoes (enough for fresh eating, freezing and canning for a family of four for one year), green beans, peppers, peas, cucumbers, kales, lettuces, zucchini, basil, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. I have a small medicinal herb garden on the side as well as a volunteer pumpkin plant that will soon take over our walkway. This is also my second year hosting mason bees.”
Melissa says, “I am excited to show garden tour visitors how much you can grow in a small space and how to do so in a way that harmonizes with nature. I will have a compost tea brewing during the tour and am happy to show participants step-by-step instructions for integrating this practice into their garden. Much of what I have learned has been through trial and error and thanks to the generosity of other gardeners. I am constantly learning and I love to share what I learn with new and experienced gardeners.”
We are still looking for a few hosts for either day — August 25 or 26. Registration for hosts will close July 25.
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