|Colorado Master Gardener Apprentice Susan Bloomquist holds a presentation on container gardening at the Belmar Farmers' Market|
Enter: the Colorado Master Gardeners, spreading the gospel of good tilled earth and the benefits of dirt under your fingernails. Didn’t get a plot in the local community garden? You can put a pot of tomatoes on your patio. Love to cook with expensive spices? Fill your window box with basil, oregano and thyme. The day’s theme was “Container Gardening in Almost Anything,” and the good people of Lakewood seemed taken with the idea of flowers springing out of watering cans, decorative baskets and even an old pair of running shoes.
Farmers’ markets are becoming more and more popular across America. They add a sense of community, build up local businesses and help increase awareness about the source of our food. Colorado Master Gardeners play a huge role in the movement, helping children, families, retirees and busy executives realize that fresh, local produce can come right out of their backyards. We answer the hows and the whys. We field questions on pests, soil, watering and compost. Above all, we help the average market-goer feel confident enough to go home and face their own gardens with enough enthusiasm and knowledge to reap the benefits.
And even if you are used to shopping Saks, that kind of interactive experience sure beats a day in the mall!