As winter drags on, it's becoming more difficult to find interesting things to post about. I'm avoiding the seed catalogs this year as I always buy too much and I'm intent on using my existing seed stock, so what's there to say on another grey, cold morning?
A trip to Home Depot for something unrelated to the gardening provides the answer. Home Depot always comes through with good topics to question, and today there are two.
One: what exactly is this supposed to be? It's labeled as a "terrarium", but as far as I can tell there's only a single plant in here -- an echeveria perhaps? -- plus stones, a fairy figure, and what looks like dyed lichen.
I guess that's one way to be successful in caring for a terrarium: make sure there's almost nothing growing in it at the start!
There were a few of these on the Valentine's Day clearance table. Sad.
Two: Making my way back to the seed area, I noticed these:
Okay, now people are really getting lazy. Contains seed, mulch and fertilizer -- everything a young plant needs!
I assume "mulch" means "growing media". Maybe "mulch" means "soil" in Thialand -- wherever that is! (yes, I read labels)
About $1.50 each. Who are these intended for? I'd think that anybody who likes growing things from seeds would actually want to see the seeds, but maybe that's just me.
Three: (not a Home Depot question, but related) Speaking of seeds...
...the only reason I was back in this part of the store: It's time to sow a few things. I had some success with California poppies last year, so I'm sprinkling more seeds this year. The Cilantro will go in the veggie beds, as it needs an early start here (bolts so fast). The bluebonnets are something I grew years ago and have missed -- my existing seeds are too old to germinate it seems. These will go out now so they can be softened by the cool dampness. I'll germinate some indoors too, just in case.
This is perfect weather for sowing seeds too: cold and wet, but warming up this weekend.
Hey, I'm doing something in the garden!