Nearly everyone likes pizza, especially children. A great gardening experience, and fun project for the whole family, is to grow a pizza garden. Maybe I should say you can grow a garden with all the ingredients for fresh toppings on the pizza.

A pizza garden can be any size or shape, and can easily be grown in containers but it is more fun to grow it in a pizza-shaped garden outdoors. It is also a great way to get children outdoors and motivate them to plant and eat vegetables.

The possibilities of what to grow in your garden are endless, so be creative and plant your favorite toppings. Following are some of the basic and more easily grown toppings.

Oregano - Oregano, commonly called "the pizza herb," is a must have for any pizza sauce. This herb is easy to grow and is one of the few herbs that is more aromatic when dried than when fresh.

Tomatoes - These are a staple for both the pizza sauce and as a pizza topper. Select from a variety of your favorite tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes are great because they are kid-sized. You might even add color with a yellow tomato like Lemon Boy or Jubilee. A paste tomato variety, such as Roma, is recommended for making the sauce.

Peppers - Choose a few sweet and a few hot peppers in a variety of colors. The classic bell pepper is a good way to add color. Try Aristotle or Revolution. Hot peppers can spice it up and we like Super Banana or Cayenne or Jalapeno M.

Onions - These can be planted from sets. Select red, white or yellow for your garden.

Basil - This must have herb is grown for its wonderful flavor. Use in the sauce or add as a topping. There are many types of basil to choose from and many make nice ornamental plants for the garden.

When the crops are ready, let the children help gather fresh vegetables and make a home-made pizza. It will be a great family time for all involved.

For more information on the 4-H Gardening project, give me a call. My phone number is (601) 656-4602.


• May 1 - 4-H Poster Art and Dairy Poster Contest Entry Deadline.

• May 7 - 4-H Advisory Council Luncheon, Neshoba Coliseum.

• May 7 - Horse Judging Practice, 3:45 p.m. Neshoba Coliseum.

Until next week, get into 4-H!