Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Saturday sales - sustainable plants!

M R Gardens opens its greenhouse to the public on Saturdays April through June 10, with sales from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We aim for "as sustainable as possible," which means not only using organic methods but also growing in a passive solar greenhouse heated entirely by solar gain and cooled with manual vents.

Fireweed - Chamerion angustifolium. Native, beneficial, medicinal and edible. 
Sliding Scale! We offer a sliding scale, with a minimum of $1.00 a plant, for the last sale of the spring season, June 10. The special is for remaining vegetable starts and select herbs: tulsi, stinging nettles, catnip, alyssum, angelica, ashwagandha, balloon flower, borage and parsley. We continue to offer other herbs and native perennials at regular price ($4.00 to $7.00) and can give discounts by the flat.

Current availability - week of June 10

Culinary herbs: Rosemary, parsley, thyme, marjoram

Ground covers: Roman chamomile, alyssum, creeping thyme, marjoram

Southeast native perennials (all started by seed): Bee balm (Bradbury's), culver's root, early sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides), fireweed, Lobelia (great blue), mountain mint, rattlesnake master, three varieties of Rudbeckia, including a bicolor daisy, vervain (Verbena stricta), white doll's daisy (Boltonia), and several types of asters.

Medicinal herbs: Many of the plants listed in the natives and ground covers sections have medicinal properties. In addition, we have angelica, ashwagandha, balloon flower, catnip, comfrey, gotu kola, hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis as well as Agastache), lavender, stinging nettles and tulsi.

Plants that benefit the garden: Almost all of the plants listed as ground covers or medicinal and native plants attract beneficial insects to the gardens, i.e. pollinators or predators of pests to help keep the ecosystem in balance. University studies have rated mountain mint as one of the best attractor plants. In addition, comfrey's leaves provide "green manure" or fertilization when clipped and scattered around the garden.

Vegetable starts: We have a handful of tomatoes (heirloom slicers and Romas), ground cherries and habanero peppers left. To get an idea of the types of varieties we typically offer, see our full list at: https://squareup.com/store/m-r-gardens/. Be sure to order ahead of the season next year to so you get the varieties you'd like.

Find us at 441 Onteora Blvd., Asheville in the Oakley community. Contact megan@mrgardens.net or 828.333.4151 (office line) with questions or to set up an appointment. 

Lavender - L. angustifolium
Hyssop - H. officinalis. Medicinal and beneficial.
Alyssum - "Royal carpet" has a mix of white and light purple flowers
Comfrey's leaves can be used as a green manure in the garden
Angelica - medicinal herb and beneficial flower