Sunday, February 15, 2009

Wandering through a Big Box Store

I went to Home Depot today with my husband, who was looking for tubing for his home-brew set-up. Not being all that excited about tubing, I wandered over to the garden area. Indoors, the seed racks were full of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. Out of doors, lots of shelves were empty, but one set of shelves held a small selection of early spring herbs and vegetables that could be planted now.

The herbs included hardy perennials: rosemary of an un-labled variety, Provence lavender, oregano, and thyme. One biennial on the shelf was curled leaf parsley.

The veggies included broccoli, arugula, cabbage, collards, turnips (a variety for greens), head lettuce , and onion sets, for both white and yellow types.

Also at the store were big pots of fruit trees: apple, pear, plum, and peach—several varieties of each. In addition, a fairly large section was filled with potted blueberry bushes, so anyone who forgot to order theirs from the 4-H club this Spring can still get some.

I am assuming that Home Depot isn’t the only store in the area that is well on its way to being ready for the busy-ness of Spring gardening. It seems likely that anyone who doesn’t mail-order seeds and plants and wants to check out the selections for this year can now go out and start making decisions about what to get.

Although it is a bit earlier than when I usually plant out onion sets, I bought a bundle of yellow granax onion-babies and brought them home to plant. The weather forecast is for continued mild winter weather, with highs in the 50s and lows mostly in the 30s, with a possible dip down into the high 20s in the middle of the week. The little onions should settle in well enough in those temperatures, so, in case no one has guessed so far, those are already planted out near my garlic and multiplier onions.

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