I think I started last week’s column with “I know it’s only February” and I am tempted to do it again today. Yes, it is still early in the year, but we have to begin planning our gardens at some point, right? I need to focus my attention on what will be, instead of what was. To me, this means anticipating the wondrous re-emergence of all the magnificent flora in the coming months.
This is where the pizza garden comes into play. Who doesn’t love pizza? Thick or thin crust, the rich tomato sauce, the wide assortment of vegetables and we cannot forget the scrumptious and delectable cheese. Is anyone else’s tummy starting to growl at this point?
Pizza gardens are a fun project and kids will especially love them. You can design the garden in the shape of a pizza. This is best accomplished in the ground or in a raised bed. Choose a sunny location and prepare the soil. Create a round shape and install a border or edging. Then divide the inner circle in such a way that the area resembles a sliced pizza. https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/gardens/garden-styles-and-types/grow-a-pizza-garden
Now, what to plant? Well, this depends on what you like on your pizza. The University of Nebraska – Lincoln suggests arranging your garden so that each of the following plants has its own triangular slice of the garden: oregano, basil, parsley, peppers, tomatoes and onions. https://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/youth/pizzagdn.shtml
Once you have your plan established, it’s time to turn your attention to the plants. Do you want to start your plants from seed? Do you want to direct sow or begin the seedlings indoors? Another option, and one I typically fall back on, is buying seedlings from a local nursery.
For our growing zone, we will want to wait until mid-May to actually plant these warm season vegetables. I have personally found that if I can manage to wait until Memorial Day to plant my tender herbs, tomatoes and peppers, they actually perform much better. I end up with healthier plants and more production.
All of the herbs and vegetables in the pizza garden come in a wide variety of flavors and sizes. For the oregano, I would choose the Greek variety — it is considered to be a true oregano. I prefer flat leaf parsley, because I think washing the curled variety is time consuming. And, I absolutely adore sweet basil.
I would probably plant some Roma tomatoes, since they make such great sauce. As well as a few good slicers, like Beefsteak or Big Boy. For the peppers, my personal favorite is the giant Marconi, but any bell or banana pepper would work nicely.
Colorado State University Extension has an 85 page online vegetable guide. After a quick perusal, I think this will be a beneficial reference for beginning and experienced gardeners alike. https://bit.ly/37RXANB
Arianna Kelley Rawlsky has an M.S. in horticulture and is the director of Bringing People and Plants Together, an organization dedicated to bringing horticulture education and therapy to the community. For more information: [email protected] or follow us on Facebook.
Source: Thanks https://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/2021/02/27/no-matter-how-its-sliced-pizza-gardens-are-tasty-projects/