So this happened. Last spring when the COVID shutdown first went into place, there was an interesting side effect. About half of Skagit Valley decided this was the year to plant a veggie garden. For many, it was the first time they had ever bought a packet of seeds, a veggie start, or even a pair of gardening gloves. Almost every shopping cart or curbside order included a fruit tree, veggie starts and berry bushes. When Christianson’s offered free veggie starts to kids and teachers, the response was incredible – to the point that we had to change up our logistics and offer plants via a drive-through line at the back of the Nursery. One of the many highlights of the season was when an 8 year old boy called us to ask what to do now that his kale plant had started to flower. That made our day!
So flash forward to the present and guess what? There’s a veggie explosion! We’ve seen some pictures of veggie gardens planted by newbie gardeners and it’s been astounding. Well done! Many of you were extra ambitious and planted multiple zucchini, pumpkin, and tomato starts and are now experiencing the joys (and challenges) of what to do with the fruits of your harvest.
And this is where Primrose can help! We have a fabulous selection of books to guide you through harvesting and preserving your fruits and veggies, books like Grow Cook Eat, The Women’s Heritage Sourcebook: Bringing Homesteading to Everyday Life, and Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living. We also have a great selection of seasonal cookbooks, such as Fresh Veggie BBQ, Harvest: 180 Recipes Through the Seasons, Heirloom, and so many more!
For those who are already looking forward to planting in the fall (and yes, you can grow veggies all year long), we have a wide section of gardening resource books such as Cool Season Gardener, Maritime Northwest Gardening Guide, Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, and Growing Berries and Fruit Trees in the Pacific Northwest.
Growing fruits and veggies is a wonderfully rewarding endeavor and this is the season when all that hard work pays off. It can become a bit overwhelming during harvest season but with a little experience under your belt and a few handy resource books at your side, it gets easier and more enjoyable over time.
Keep growing and let us know how it’s going!