Saturday, January 9, 2010
Spring is just around the corner~ that is what the seed catalogues would have me believe.My mailbox is becoming inundated with colorful catalogues from Burpee, Burgess,Gurney's,etc, promising $25.00 off orders if I order QUICK !!! before other seed companies tackle me to the ground and hit me over the head with their colorful advertisements."FREE GIFTS!! ACT NOW!!! HALF PRICE!!HURRY BEFORE EVERYTHING'S GONE!!!" ONLY ONE SEED LEFT~~ YOU CAN HAVE IT IF YOU ACT IMMEDIATELY!!!" My heart is pounding and I know I should race to the phone and call the 800 number but first I mull over each pretty page.Should I buy the blueberry bush that promises berries the size of basketballs? What about the novelty plants "Yard long green beans"~put THAT on your dinner plate!Blue potatoes??(Nope~ grew them once and turned grey blue when cooked.Those mashed potatoes were not a hit :(
I have learned that many plants are easier when bought already started .I get flats of them from the Amish vegetable stand at a great price.Strong little root system and the plants have a great head start over weeds that try to overtake & overwhelm seedlings.What a nightmare trying to find tiny spinach in that tangled mess of green counterfeiters !
Some things just aren't worth the effort to grow.Carrots,for instance.Today I'm going to my nearby little market (the size of a 2 car garage) where I can buy almost anything I want.I am buying a little under 50 lbs of carrots for $7.00.can you believe it?? Do you know how many hours of back breaking work are put into 40-50 lbs of a carrot harvest ? HAH!! Not ME !! So, today I shall spend canning carrots that shall last me the next year or 2 (or 3) (:>