Over at the Wallyhood homestead, we were entertaining relatives this weekend, and didn’t make it to Tilth’s Edible Plant Sale. Instead, we headed up to Swanson‘s, known for great selection and quality, albeit commensurate prices. Six varieities of tomatoes are safely enshrouded under a cloche, trailing rosemary has replaced dead rock rose, cilantro is nestled amongst tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, lettuce and peas are planted, and there’s even a sprig of cat nip for our geriatric feline.
Don’t have your garden settled yet? Have no fear, as help is on the way and you don’t even have to leave Wallingford. Bambi writes:
The John Stanford International School in Wallingford is having a plant sale this Saturday, May 9th from 10am-1pm at the school’s south playground. Most plants are organic and have been grown from seeds donated by the Seed Exchange. The Kindergarten and 1st grade classes have lovingly cared for these seedlings in the school’s greenhouse and all proceeds will go to buy books and materials for our sister school in Mexico. There will be lots of basil and tomatoes for all of those disappointed shoppers from last weekend’s Tilth sale – there is always a run on the tomatoes and there was very slim pickings on Sunday.
Barb adds that the sister school is in Juan de la Barrera in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and that:
Their seeds came from the Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving and promoting heirloom vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Their plants are mostly organic and are varieties that do well in our climate: tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, beans, peas, and other veggies, plus flowers and houseplants.
Plant donations from the community are welcome! Drop them off at John Stanford International School any time before May 8 – or as late as early the day of the sale. Or contact Barb to drop plants off at her house before May 9.
Basil is the one herb we’re missing (that we’re allowed to plant in our garden, anyway), and helping kids raise money to buy books for less fortunate kids is a cause we can’t pass over. Save us a stalk.