Sunday, May 2, 2010

A trip to the Garden Centre

Vegetable Seeds  - $44
Watering Can and Fencing -  $37
Seedlings - $27
Wandering the Aisles of the Greenhouse - PRICELESS

It was a rainy, cold Sunday - a perfect day to head to the local Garden Centre.  The kids opted out, affording me the luxury of browsing every aisle and taking my time.

This year, we made a thorough list after planning out our garden.  For the first time ever, our list included specific varieties.  For example, instead of just listing "carrots" we specified "Coreless Scarlet Nantes" and "Purple Haze" (Aidan's request).   When I got to the store, shopping was easy and I actually felt like I knew what I was doing!  Making a detailed list is a good idea. (I put that in bold as a reminder for me to do it again next year!)

Our list also included seedlings.  That's right, we're seedling buyers!  I know we could start many plants ourselves, but quite frankly, I like the convenience of buying them from my trusted greenhouse supplier.   We don't have the space for setting up a planting station, and I really don't have the patience for it.  So, we indulge and simply buy whatever we can't sow directly into the ground.

After visiting the seed stands and scouring the veggie and herb aisles, here's what I bought (in case I misplace my paper list):

Vegetable Seeds
  • McKenzie Coreless Scarlet Nantes - Jumbo pack
  • McKenzie Purple Haze - 2 packs
  • McKenzie Bean (Bush) Improved Golden Wax - 1 box
  • McKenzie Bean (Bush) Tendergreen Improved - 1 box
  • McKenzie Bean (Bush) Royal Burgundy - 1 pouch
  • McKenzie Pea Lincoln Homesteader - 1 box
  • McKenzie Pea Green Arrow - 1 box
  • McKenzie Swiss Chard Bright Lights - 1 pouch
  • McKenzie Corn Honey and Cream Bicolour(SE) - 1 pouch
  • McKenzie Corn Canadian Early Supersweet Hybrid F1 - 1 pouch
  • Lindenberg Beet Scarlet Supreme - 1 pouch
  • Lindenberg Beet Natural Red Ace - 1 pouch
  • Lindenberg Lettuce Romaine - 1 pouch
  • OSC Cucumber Straight Eight - 1 pouch
  • Celery Seedlings
  • Leek Seedlings
Flowers for Melanie 
  • Cosmos (Sensation Mixed)
  • California Poppy (Sunset Mix)
  • African Daisy (Aurantiaca Hybrid)
  • Curry Plant
  • Sweet Basil
  • Red Rubin Basil
  • Sage
  • Curled Parsley
  • Creeping Rosemary
  • Upright Rosemary
Why McKenzie Seeds & Lindenberg Seeds?  I grew up on the Prairies just south of Brandon.  It feels right to support Prairie businesses that know our Zone intimately.

Why St. Mary's Nursery and Garden Centre?  They have a great selection of seeds and have super friendly and helpful staff.  They're also great supporters of Clean Your Green,  our company's (IBEX Payroll) annual greening of the South Osborne Underpass.

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