This will be the 12th year I’ve held the Post-Gazette Backyard Gardener Plant Swap. Although there’s some dispute with participants about how many years this has been going on. The first couple seasons I actually held the event at my house. It quickly grew and that’s when we moved to North Park.
On Sunday June 1st, 2014 the event will be held in a new location in North Park in the Swimming Pool parking lot from 12 noon until 2 p.m.
Bring divisions from your garden to trade with other gardeners. Be sure plants are labelled and please don’t bring anything invasive.
Thousands of gardeners attend every year and it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet like minded people.
I’ll also be giving away ‘Limbaugh Legacy Potato Top’ tomato plants. The Pittsburgh heirloom tomato was introduced to me by the late Fred Limbaugh, here’s the whole story. The plants produce large (1-2pound), pink and meaty tomatoes. I also have a limited quantity of plant I started from seed which I don’t have room for. One of the tomatoes is ‘Chocolate Stripes.’ This tomato yields lots of three to four inch, mahogany colored fruit with with dark, olive green-striping. They are easy to grow and taste great too.
Usually they are the last fruit picked in the garden, so grow other varieties too. There are a limited supply of plants, they will be given away on a first come, first serve basis, one to a family please.
Mindy Schwartz of Garden Dreams Urban Farm and Nursery in Wilkinsburg will have lots of plants to give-a-way too.