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Go Small! Friday Quickie
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Go Small! Friday Quickie

starter plantsHave you procrastinated planting your seedlings for your spring and summer garden?

If you’re looking for some easy shortcuts, check out some starter plants. Don’t run to Home Depot or Lowe’s – think small and support local farmers.

You’ll pump money back into the local economy, minimize the risk of pesticides (or god-forbid!) GMO crops. Although the GMO seeds are unlikely, there’s a chance of cross-pollination that may tempt you to make that switch to organic seeds & starter plants. Plus, you can ask the farmers any questions you may have about growing plants, container garden techniques or other essential questions like “What’s the difference between these 13 tomato varieties?!?”

“How can I find a farmer in the city?”, you may ask.

Many local farmers markets currently sell starter plants. Or, if you’re venturing to the ‘burbs, keep your eyes peeled for little signs.

Bonus story! With Photos!

As I was leaving the dentist in the suburbs, I stumbled across a private farm selling starter plants in my hometown. Looks cute and approachable, right?

country farm

Although the sign said it was open, there was no one in sight. Instead, they had a little “honor box” where you could slip your payment.

honor box

Being honorable, I made sure to give the appropriate amount for 6 plants: $15! (It was 5/$10, but I also felt like a big spender and bought a little plant for $5 itself. It came with a sweet little basket!)

Starter plants booty
Starter Plants Booty

Since I started some of my herbs (namely, the important Herb groups: basil, cilantro, thai basil & parsley…), I completed my collection with some lavender, dill & a few flower/plants to build some window decorations.

Next, to Etsy, Pinterest & DIY-ville I go!

Readers, what are you planting in your urban (and sub-urban) gardens?

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Julie Hancher
Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with local beer and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Sir Floofus Drake. View all posts by Julie Hancher

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