can't really do that! Can you?" asked
my seven-year-old son, both incredulous and intrigued.
I replied. "You can grow everything
you need to make a pizza here in our home garden. Tomatoes. Garlic.
talking about a vegetarian pizza
here, of course, and if we want cheese we'll have to rely on mozzarella
from the market (no goats or cows on this acreage).
We could grow and
our own grain for the crust too, but the store-bought kind will do.
can't grow everything you need to
make a pizza, but you can grow lots of goodies to pile on top," says
Hardesty, who authored the book Grow
Your Own Pizza: Gardening Plans
Recipes for Kids (Fulcrum, 2000).
says to list the veggies you like
on your pizza, then start planting. Her recommendations for a personal
pizza garden plot include:
It will be mid to
late summer before these
veggies are all ripe and ready for harvest. Garlic stems must die back
and zucchini must be about 5 inches long before they're ready for the
Mexican oregano plant
Spicy Bush or Purple Globe basil plant
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Roma VF tomato plants (Pixie or Tom Thumb
varieties if you're growing them in pots)
set of green onions
California Wonder or Earlired bell peppers
package of Aristocrat zucchini
harvested and stored, the crop
from your home garden can provide the makings for a personal pizza for
months to come.
Hardesty's recipe for One
Pizza Twelve Ways
by Constance Hardesty.
Your Own Pizza"
shows you how to grow great-tasting
food the natural
way, without chemicals," explains gardening trainer Constance Hardesty.
an activity resource book for school children, this text is also a
guide for adult gardeners and family cooks. The gardening advice is
grounded and the recipes are simple, but interesting.
for nearly two dozen different types of gardens are mapped out, with
recommendations and cultivation tips included.
The plans are organized
into sections as Easy, Medium or Advanced to match the development and
gardening interest level of each youngster.
plots are required for any of these plans; most can be grown in
flower beds or small garden plots. Basic gardening tools, such as a
and rake, are sufficient.
instructor at the Denver Botanic Gardens, offers handy tips for both
and kitchen. Her innovative garden plans and clever recipes help to
gardening more fun for kids of all ages.