Thursday, June 3, 2010

Farmer's Markets - Not Just Veggies

You might think that your local farmer's market is a great source for fresh, local, delicious fruits and vegetables - and it is.
It's also a great place to start when you're thinking about doing some growing, whether flowers, veggies or other plants.  The sellers tend be local, so they tend to be good sources of information about what, when and how to grow all kinds of things.  If you have a pest problem, they've probably dealt with it before and can tell you how to take care of it.  Got a question about when's the right time to get your seedlings outdoors without fearing the dreaded frost?  They know.
The farmer's market is also a good place to pick up already-started plants, such as peppers, tomatoes, herbs of all kinds, greens, and so on.  If you don't have the ability (or capability) to start them from seed indoors, being able to get some plants that you just need to pop in the ground is a big convenience.  I tend to do this for my tomatoes, since my local market has many heirloom varieties that I don't see anywhere else.

Flats of flowers of all kinds, houseplants, rosebushes, little trees for indoors and out - check out the farmer's market near you!

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