MULBERRY CREEK FAERY FEST AND EARTH DAY FRUIT SYMPOSIUM

Dated: 04/14/2017

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Mulberry Creek Herb Farm in Huron, OH is hosting their annual Faery Fest on April 22 and Earth Day Fruit Symposium on April 23.
Image titleTwo great events rolled into one weekend.
Workshops with hands on activities, Door Prizes, Children's Secret Tea Garden, and Faery accessories for sale
Earth Day workshops include Growing Tropical Fruit, Patio Planting, and Growing Outdoor Fruit

The Gaucho and Gringo Food Truck will be on site both days featuring Argentinian and American selections for your dining pleasure.

SO..... WHAT IS FAERY GARDENING?

No matter what historical reference you use to spell human’s name for “wee folk,” faery, fairy or faerie gardening is a welcome trend for all ages. Perhaps you’ve read Mark’s story about Ben and the “Elfin Herb” years ago and know that we point out faery herbs throughout our entries, because we believe! Like the spirit of Saint Nicholas, faeries are also known as “God’s littlest angels,” and their spirits live in our gardens. Ask any child.

Faery lore is a wonderful way for the older generation to teach young children about the magic of gardening. Using simple, fun stories to help them remember some rules (even those you make up yourself) are marvelous. One of my favorites is: Faeries stow away their babies in rosemary flowers, so when you pick and eat a flower, remember to first giggle it, so that the faeries can get their babes out of harm’s way. (Avoids undesirable protein too.) Another is to “never eat a foxglove flower as this is where faeries nap during the day.” Good memory jogger as they are also poisonous. As faeries are the caretakers of flora and perhaps early big tomatoes!, you would do well to invite these shy, hardworking, fun loving folks into your garden. Please, consider planting a secret faery garden with a child and pass on your love of gardening to the next generation.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A “FAERY GARDEN”?

First, think location. Do you have a child or a visiting child that has a favorite hiding area? Ben and Joshua have a spot on the shady, north side of our barn that had some weedy Image title“Boxelders” and lots of rocks! That’s where it went. Anywhere is fine, granted, it’s a treasured “secret spot.” Secondly, ponder what plants qualify as “Wee Folk” worthy. While the only limits are your imagination, classics include the traditional Cicely Mary Barker plants like “Cowslip Primrose, Double Daisies, Ragged Robin,” and many others. We’re guided by plants that are fairly small, have delicate blossoms, are usually hardy perennials, (“Elfin Herb’s” a sweet exception), tolerate at least a little shade (for those secret places), and have a good flowering span from Spring through Fall. Thirdly, take time for soil preparation. Extra humusy, organic material is always good.

Finally don’t forget to embellish. Gather twigs and moss for faery houses and furniture. Look in your couch for marbles. They make terrific gazing balls.

Come on out....it will be fun

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Mary Kandell

Mary M. Kandell, ABR, CNE IT STARTS WITH THE HEART "HOME" is so often defined as the place where we raise our families, make our memories and leave a piece of our heart. It has been my pleasure to ....

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