I’d have to place the following under the category of, “And now for something completely different”…
It was Saturday morning. The clocks had been set ahead returning to Eastern Standard Time which unofficially and non-chronologically marked the beginning of the feel of spring. Still, here in the Mid-Atlantic region 7b, with all the unspring-like weather we’d been having, it became at the time what to do while waiting to plant; and I did want to wait to plant. The answer: prepare.
Getting involved in some indoor activities caused me much annoyance but more on that later on. What I should’ve done was gather a list of companies I’ll be using this season; quiet, peaceful things like that. Finding solid vendors that you can trust-trust with your financial information most important of all-is central and not as easy as it seems. There’re a lot of them out there. Over the years, I’ve narrowed my list down to a few that serve a range of situations and sell a variety of products.
There’s Gardener’s Supply Company; providing various garden tools and equipment, planters, raised beds, plants and other items all for the gardening lifestyle. For fertilizers and other organic products for lawn and garden care, as well as different products for different areas of the home, Garden’s Alive is a good choice. Get four coupons for the company here.
When it comes to buying seeds or plants, the old standbys are still golden, I think. Burpee Seed Company, Gurney’s Seed and Nursery and Territorial Seed Company are reliable, just order early. They’re sending live plants through the mail so rule of thumb; if you’re going to do so, do it sooner rather than later. Just a suggestion.
Buy Local When You Can
All these are in addition to local vendors, Home Depot and Lowes as well as smaller hardware stores and farmer’s markets and Community Supported Agriculture Co-ops (CSA). Philadelphia Cooperatives include Greensgrow Farms with locations in east and west Philadelphia and Lancaster Farm Fresh located on Boathouse Row.
And in keeping with the new tech, there are more than a few smart phone gardening or horticultural apps out on the market. I could’ve searched for them or done any of the above but no, I had other ideas. I decided to clean and organize.
And of all the things to pick to clean and organize, I picked the worst. Not tools which would’ve taken a little bit of linseed oil on the handle and a quick sharpen of the blades. No, I picked pots. Why is that bad? Because I have a bunch of them; that’s why.
Oh well, it had to be done. Eventually. Now there’s a concept that I missed.
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