Thursday, August 16, 2012
Today... I am befuddled and frustrated but not defeated
On my wanderings in search of meaning of life and green plants on Sunday, August 12, 2012 ============================================ The porch garden is beginning to look thin as we are drawing toward the end of summer. Not that I am complaining, mind you, we've had a great run. The salad plants ran wild for almost three months. One of the two tomato plants is still bearing fruit. Both kinds of basil are still growing like crazy, especially the spicy Italian basil. However, I am missing mint, thyme and oregano, and the chives are looking on their last breath - so need to get more. Off I go to Lowe's to get a fresh herb and salad supply. Nothing. Say what?! Look, I understand that people only plant the big stuff in the spring and in the fall. But these are herbs and greens, for Pete's sake! ...Things you can grow on your balcony or kitchen counter. How can you not have them year-round? Don't people eat year-round? They do eat. And, judging by the appearance of some of them, they eat very well. They just don't grow what they eat. Or they try and become frustrated and go back to buying stuff from the store. Ok, maybe it's just Lowe's. Maybe they just don't get it. No. It's not just Lowe's. Home Depot - nothing. Any of the discount stores with gardening departments - nothing. While in the parking lot of one of the stores, I pull up VZ Navigator and look up plant nurseries in the vicinity. I find two. I drive over. They are closed. Oh, that's right - small business, Sunday, Bible belt... Silly me. I am getting ready to stomp my feet and throw things - why is it so difficult to find live plants of herbs and salad greens in this town? I swing by the grocery store, because I vaguely recall having seen live plants there. I am looking, I am looking, nothing much except the nearly dead basil (all the more ironic, since the label says, "Living basil plants".) But I have basil. Sorry, guys!