The Children’s Garden has a unique variety of herbs and flowers growing underneath the apple and plum trees. Viola is planted underneath the apple trees. Calendula is planted underneath the plum trees. These flowering plants have special properties that make them useful in the kitchen.
Olive oil is used to preserve the calendula blossoms.
Place clean and dry calendula flowers in a jar with an air tight lid.
The petals of the calendula plant make a beautiful edible garnish for green and fruit salads.
Leave the calendula flowers in the oil for approximately 10 days before using as a cosmetic or a culinary oil.
Calendula flowers are edible. Note that the middle part of the flower has a bitter taste. The flower petals can be used as a salad garnish.
The entire flower can be preserved in oil. The infused calendula oil can be used as a cosmetic oil.
Viola flowers can be used to infuse water with a subtle floral flavour. Pick the flowers early in the morning. Rinse the flowers and place them into a clean container of cool water. Aim to use approximately 50 flowers per litre of water. Let the flower water mixture rest for about an hour and then serve.
Viola flowers grow well underneath the shade of the apple trees.
Harvest the clean and dry flowers early in the morning to preserve the freshness of the flower.
Add approximately 50 blossoms per litre of water. Let the mixture marinade for an hour before serving.
The bay laurel tree in the garden produces lovely leaves. The leaves can be either used fresh or dried to flavour soups and sauces. The leaves take approximately 10 days to dry. At that point the leaves can be stored in a cool dark location. The dried bay laurel will last for over a year.
Bay laurel can be dried for 10 days before being stored in a cool, dark area for use in soups and sauces.
Flowers and herbs should be harvested first thing in the morning when the plants are cool and dry.
All community members are welcome to join the garden volunteers on Saturday morning to help maintain the garden.
Beautiful steamboat lettuce was sold in the weekly produce sale.
Community gardening is a wonderful way to learn more about growing your own food.