Herbs & Vegetables
Tagawa Gardens carries seeds for selected vegetables all year! Vegetable seedlings are available from approximately early March through early July each year. Peruse our wide variety -- from traditionally grown to sustainably grown (by our Tagawa Production Deptartment) to certified organically grown (by Desert Canyon Farms in Canon City, CO).
Heirloom tomatoes and other vegetables are one of our specialties. We also specialize in having some of the best traditional varieties that will be successful in our climate, all produced by local growers. Burpee® vegetable plants are also available in your favorite Burpee® varieties!
From summertime barbeques to fresh salads and winter soups, tomatoes are a garden favorite. During the planting season, we carry a great selection of tomatoes - conventionally grown, organically grown, heirloom, and heritage! With our knowledgeable staff ready to help you and excellent resources available to guide you, you can successfully grow a bumper crop!
- Wondering how to get started? Watch our "How to Plant Tomatoes" video on You Tube!
- Is tomato blight causing you to wilt? Check out our "Problems with Tomatoes" video on You Tube!
We are also proud to feature a large selection of heirloom and heritage tomatoes. These "old-fashioned" vegetable varieties have been passed down from generation to generation. Being open-pollinated, the seeds collected from these tomato plants will exhibit the exact same traits planting after planting. Most heirlooms date back at least 50 years!
To check on the availability of specific varieties for the 2014 growing season, please contact our Annuals Department at ( 303)-690-4722 (x136) or email Annuals@TagawaGardens.com.
Garlic is a favorite here at Tagawa Gardens, celebrated annually in our fall Garlic Festival! Check back in the autumn for a list of our featured garlics for 2014! In the meantime, get inspired by some tried-and-true garlic recipes shared by Tagawa Gardens' staff. Our Garlic Recipes Handout has been complied from past Garlic Festivals and features favorites that will make garlic lovers go ga-ga!
Most garlic in the grocery produce aisle is California Early, an Artichoke Softneck garlic. It is mild and stores well. A Softneck garlic neck (the stalk that grows up from the garlic bulb) is soft, especially the Silver Skin type. Softnecks have several layers of cloves in one bulb. Garlic harvested for food sales has the neck trimmed and removed, but if you grow your own garlic, you can leave the neck and braid the bulbs together.
Hardneck varieties are similar to wild garlic and have a wide varieties of flavors. The neck on this garlic is hard, hence the name, and does not store as well as soft neck. It must be used within a few months of harvest. This type peels easily and grows well in cold climates. If you like to cook with garlic scapes (the young, tender tops of garlic) and want to grow your own, grow Hardneck varieties, as all types of Hardnecks grow scapes.
Fall is the best time to plant garlic. Spring planting will result in garlic heads that do not form cloves but only one small, solid head.
Garlic needs full sun, at least 6 hours a day. Well-drained soil is crucial, as garlic do not like "wet feet." Add soil amendment such as compost and till into the area you wish to plant.
Split bulb into cloves, plant each clove individually, about 2-3 inches deep and 4-6 inches apart. Water well. Mulch the area to conserve moisture, keep temperatures even and prevent frost heave. There might be some leaf growth in the fall, but generally most of the fall growth will be root growth. A few waterings in the winter on a warm, sunny day will be helpful!
In the spring, tops will grow--hardneck varieties produce scapes, the center stalk of the garlic--and these can be harvested and used for cooking. Water well throughout spring and summer, until leaves start turning brown in June and July. Stop watering then and when tops are dried and fall over, it is time to harvest, usually about August. Remove the bullbs carefully from the ground and dry out of direct sun two to six weeks. Softnecks can be stored for approx one year, and Hardnecks four to six months. Garlic can be cleaned and trimmed to store, but do not separate cloves from the bulb until ready to use.
For an up-close view, check out our "How to Plant Garlic" video!
Tagawa Gardens has an excellent selection of culinary herbs available all year long!
Herbs are used every day around the world to enhance the flavor of food, to create teas and beverages, and to alleviate physical ailments. A stroll through any herb garden is sure to reveal the deep and enduring connection between plants and people throughout the ages. Though we may take for granted their presence in the foods, teas, and oils we most enjoy, herbs add irreplaceable flavor and aroma to our gardens and our lives.
Year-round, Tagawa Gardens offers a wonderful stock of herbs for indoor and outdoor gardening. In the right conditions, herbs may easily be grown indoors for year round enjoyment. Start with fresh new plants or dig up herbs from your garden. Mint, chives, and tarragon can handle a light frost, but herbs like basil and cilantro are tender and will not handle a freeze.
Choose herbs that you enjoy and use often. The most common herbs grown indoors are basil, savory, thyme, chives, parsley, mint, chervil, tarragon and chamomile. Your herbs will need a sunny location and well-drained soil. We like to mix 50-50 cactus mix and potting soil. This soil blend will allow for the sharp drainage that herbs prefer.
Once your herbs have taken root, you can maintain your herb garden with light feedings, yearly repotting, and watering as needed. Tagawa Garden Center has an excellent selection of culinary herbs available for you all year long!
Would you like to learn more about growing herbs?
If your garden club or special organization is interested in learning more about growing herbs indoors, our Garden Ambassador, Luan Akin, will teach you how to make your herbs flourish! For more information about private presentations and classes related to growing herbs and other vegetables, please click here to contact our OutReach Department.