It's springtime again, and you know what that means: the birds and the bees. They're out in force because this is already turning out to be a gangbuster season of fragrant blooms, creeping vines and verdant Foothills.
So, what's preventing your own little patch of dirt from being just as full of life, vigor and productivity? Not much, as it turns out.
From the popular Garden Plant Sale at Idaho Botanical Garden, featuring hundreds of decorative and fruiting plants, to the Tomato and Veggie Plant Sale at Peaceful Belly and its scores of ready-to-plant fruits and vegetables, the gardening events are sure to get your garden green and your pantry stocked with fresh-picked goodies.
Be ready to do battle at the always popular Idaho Botanical Garden Plant Sale. For the first time in several years, the public will be able to join in on the race for veggies, herbs and landscaping plants. It's IBG members only on Friday, May 3, from 4-8 p.m., but the general public can dive in on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Just remember that general admission still applies: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and youths ages 5-12, and free for children ages 4 and younger.
But once in the gate, brace yourself for a huge selection of colorful, fragrant and attractive plants. On hand will be towering crimson columns of lupinus, dainty irises and broad ferns to fill the gaps in the loamy reaches of your yard. If going local is more your thing, pick up some penstemon, which comes in fairy blues, sharp purples and lipstick reds. Experts will be available to help you choose the perfect plants for your home.
You can pick up even more grub to grow at Peaceful Belly's Tomato and Veggie Plant Sale, running two weekends: Saturday, May 4-Sunday, May 5, and Saturday, May 11-Sunday, May 12. You'll find more growing fruits and vegetables to transplant into your garden than you can shake a hoe at.
This year's sale features more than 140 types of tomatoes, 80 types of peppers, melons, squash, herbs and practically everything else edible that grows around the Treasure Valley. The sale runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Peaceful Belly farm in the Dry Creek Valley near Hidden Springs.