Early Shopping For the Vegetable Garden

orange and yellow marigolds
Marigolds and Zinnias For My Garden

I headed over to House by The Side of The Road in Wilton, New Hampshire yesterday to look for hydrangeas and other flowering shrubs for my yard. I had never been in early spring to see what they had for vegetable plants, but thought I’d check it out.

This place is huge. They place big wagon-type carts all over the greenhouse area for customers to grab and fill up. I filled one with annuals – the marigolds, you see in the picture, and other things – then got another cart and headed outside to the perennial area.

I prefer to spend money on perennials, but the annuals are what give me the bright colors for the garden and hanging planters. I know they won’t last, but they really add to the yard. I had some things in mind, but ended up getting a few things that just happened to catch my eye.

When both my carts were filled, I had accumulated 6 Celebrity tomato plants, 6 grape tomato plants, 6 little basil plants, pretty marigolds (to plant among the vegetables), pink wave petunias and vinca vines (for the hanging baskets). I also grabbed a nasturtium, some cosmos, and zinnias just in case my own seeds don’t grow. I didn’t want that many tomatoes, but they only came in 6-packs and were $2.99 each pack. Not a bad price for these parts.  Maybe next year I’ll save tomato seeds.

New perennials include Joe Pye Weed, Monks Hood, and an Oriental Poppy. I also got two more hostas for the shade (I have lots of that). I also grabbed a huge fuchsia basket on my way out. It’s too cold for it to hang outside yet, so it’s inside with everything else! Glad I have lots of room.

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