Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Purchasing Plants Doesn't Have to be Expensive!

It may still be spring, but it definitly is not be too early to find excellent deals on plants and flowers. Some say that buying locally means paying premium prices, but that could not be further from the truth.

For example, a few weeks ago I was at a local nursery and found they were selling out on their pansies. In fact, more of a give away. I left with 14 beautiful plants in some wonderful colours for under $3. The nice thing about these plants is that not only will they supply the garden around the house with badly needed colours, they will also provide me with some salad garnishes!

Just because it is still early in the year (and in the NE we are basically just putting in our gardens), it doesn't mean that some excellent bargans cannot be found at nurseries in your area. Just do a little looking around. The plants I found were kind of tucked away on some shelves and even though they were in the middle of the store, they were not really placed that noticably with only a couple little paper signs taped on the edge of one shelf stating their special price.

More recently, about a week ago, I purchased 3 cherry tomato plants for $1. They'll be goining today. (Unfortunatly, I didn't have the time to start seeds this year for those plants that need and early start, so I'm relegated to purchasing this year.)

In March, I purchased a miniature rose for fifty cents at a small, local grocery. Leftover, I think, from Valentine's Day. Unfortunatly it wasn't locally grown, but it was US grown. It was in pretty good shape for sitting in a store. I brought it home, babied it and at least 4 times a month I give it water from the fish bowl instead of the usual tap (well) water. It sits in a window over the sink that seems to be just perfect for plants.

In the last few months, the rose has almost tripled in size, has been moved to a bigger pot and is putting out its' second bloom of the month. Pretty good for a fifty cent holiday leftover.

So on your next plant buying trip, do a little scouting. Check the nooks, crannies and back of shelves. Who knows what you might find

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