Thu 6 Jan, 2005 12:11 pm
If you were attending, what seedlings would you be more interested in purchasing? Herbs, or vegetable, or flowers? I'm leaning towards vegetables- such as tomatoes and lettuce and cucumber and eggplant, since the seeds are so easy to start... But, on the other hand, I do love lavendar... I will also divide my own herbs and offer up starts from them (oregano, thyme, mints)... But, what would you prefer to buy? Unusual varieties, or old reliable ones? I figure I have 3 flats I can use to start + about 6' of garden space I could use if I dig it all up... Trying to get an idea of what would be the best sellers...
Seems like you'd want to get some flowers in there -- you mention lavender (great idea) maybe also things like... gosh... you live in HAWAII, plenty of options, right?
Herbs in general are a great idea. Even people with black thumbs can buy the seedlings and use them right away for cooking.
I plant a bunch of basil every year even though I start my own from seeds as well. The seedlings that I plant give me a head start on the season. Also, rosemary cuttings if you have them. The other herbs you mention are all good. What about some perennial babies? I have to dig up some of my perennials every year and I give away the parts that I don't replant. For flowers I would probably pay for the ususual ones as long as they came with growing instructions.
Good luck, it sounds like a unique way to do a fund raiser.
With Spring around the corner and veggies taking more time, space and effort to grow, I'd go with the flowers.
My dad always had a big garden. And he always bought tomato and pepper seedlings (small plants, actually) because the growing season wasn't quite long enough... Don't suppose that's a problem where you are, princess, but I'd say veggies are the way to go.
It's faster to grow flowers from seed than it is veggies, because after the vegetable plant flowers, it's got to grow and ripen the fruit you're after. So veggie plants give you a head start.
Walmart didn't have many choices yesterday, so I got red and green peppers and sweet italian basil to start first. I'm going tobe looking for good varieties of tomatoes + whatever else strikes my fancy next trip to the store... I also talked to a friend who has a bunch of native plants, and she agreed to let me make starts from her native hibiscus and jasmines and dig up parts of her herb garden excess to add to mine (so we have oregano and thyme and marjoram and a variety of mints totally covered between us.) I think I can find a few other enthusiastic gardeners to donate their excess. I don't really have flowers in the ground- on trees and on bushes, or in pots, but not usually in the ground unless I grow herbs- then it's nasturtiums and marigolds and heat tolerant lavendars... Last year I had a carpet of allyssum down by the mailbox, too... So it's a great excuse to try to start those and put some into the sale as into my yard... I think I may try to buy some orchids in a flask and put them in bark to start, but orchids from start to finish take 18 months, and are a lot of work (need shade cloth up, plenty of water, etc.) I'm excited about our project! I love plants!
hibiscus and jasmine and orchids oh my!
and she's growing them in January!!! waaaaaa....