Fall is in the air, but Coquitlam residents can still taste an edible flower, pick a pepper and see what other food they could grow at the Coquitlam Munch public produce gardens now available in Austin Heights.
Coquitlam Munch is the largest project for this year’s Coquitlam in Bloom program and part of the Coquitlam's entry in the national Communities in Bloom competition, which promotes community pride, beautification and environmental responsibility.
The public is invited to tour the planters, taste the crops and learn about small-scale sustainable gardening. Signs on the planters explain what is growing, and what can be sampled.
The current selection includes tomatoes, beans, lettuce, okra, hot and bell peppers, a variety of berries, and herbs such as mint, oregano, basil and trailing rosemary. Seasonal crops will be planted in the fall and winter.
The planters were installed in late May and are being watered and maintained by area businesses and volunteers.
Drop by and taste what's on display. If you wish to help maintain the planters check out www.coquitlam.ca for more info.