Sunday, March 8, 2015

Garden is a go. I repeat, garden is a go!

So yesterday we actually had some sunshine and it was warm enough to want to be outdoors. So I went to a budget friendly "no frills" garden center by my house because they had been advertising 99 cent vegetable and herb plants.

I filled up the entire back seat of the car with vegetable and herb plants.

The little transplant size plants were all larger and healthier than the $3 ones from the big box store nurseries and home improvement centers. So I got all I wanted to plant.

I got peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, basil, oregano, thyme, mint, cilantro, parsley, watercress, dill, lemon balm, thyme, and some mixed variety marigold flowers. More herbs than veggies. Because I can put herbs in smaller pots. Veggies need very big pots usually and they are at a premium in my garden.

I also got a nice big aloe vera plant because I haven't had one of those in years. I had a huge one from my mom when we lived in an apartment and somebody swiped it off of my porch. They had to climb into my back patio to get it which really pissed me off.

But that's it for plants.

Now, to get them all planted.

Today it's gonna rain. Monday it's gonna rain. The rest of the week it may or may not rain. Early next week looks clear. I'll do as much as I can as I can do it. I just need to keep the baby plants alive until I can transplant them.

Now that I have the bulk of the garden planned, all I have to do is pick up little colorful flowers a few at a time to add here and there for eye candy, and some varieties that attract bees and other pollinators.

I'm glad I went to the garden center when I did. We stopped back in on the way home from our afternoon out so I could get the basil plants I forgot and they were incredibly picked over. Easily 60% of the herb/veggie stock was sold in the 8 hours I was off doing other stuff. I guess everybody came out in the sunshine to start their gardens. The employee said that's pretty much it for most of the veggies and herbs. They get what they get and then they don't get any more of most of it. I may go back when it's not raining to get chive plants if they still have any. I forgot to get chives yesterday and my established plants look pretty raggedy from the light freezes we had.

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