Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is serving up some scrumptious garden fun for the fourth year in a row in the Chipotle Edible Garden.
The Chipotle Edible Garden will feature an array of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and flowers. All plants are grown from seed, and every plant in the garden has at least one edible part. It is an exhibit for visitors of all ages designed to teach about planting and preparing foods that can be grown at home. The Como gardening staff hopes that the exhibit will give visitors an appreciation for how easy it is to grow a large variety of plants in Minnesota.
The exhibit will open Friday, June 13 and run through the fall. Trained staff and volunteers will be onsite 10am – 6pm to answer guests questions. At 12:00pm and 3:00pm daily, the Conservatory gardening staff will give gardener talks about growing techniques, ways to harvest and prepare food from your garden, natural pest control, and creative edible landscape design. The garden display covers more than 8,000 square feet and is south of the Visitor Center.
In 2013, Chipotle Edible Garden staff harvested 972.5 lbs. of produce that has gone to the Saint Paul Recreation Centers for various cooking classes and summer programs and 231.2 lbs. that has gone to Como Zoo animals. Como is hoping to exceed last year’s harvest which totaled 1518 lbs. Some of the more interesting plants grown in the garden this year are purple cauliflower, ‘Small Wonder’ spaghetti squash, luffa gourds, Chinese cabbage and 8 different varieties of cucumbers.