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Plant Shopping

I've told you all about my container gardening goal for this year.  Knowing next to nothing about the subject, I've been doing a lot of reading, looking up articles on the Utah State extension website, registering at, and trying to figure out what it I want to try and grow this year.  Step 1 in the process took place yesterday.  I met up with Charlee and Rosann in the morning to do some plant shopping at the Wasatch Community Gardens plant sale.  They were selling plants, as well as doing a Farmer's Market.  Good thing we got there relatively early, because there were a ton of people there. 

The thing we were mostly after were tomato plants, and the sale did not disappoint.    The focus was on heirloom tomatoes, so there were many different varieties to choose from, most of which I'd never heard of before.  But I finally settled on a BoxCar Willie, a Brandywine (both should produce good large round beefsteak tomatoes, perfect for slicing on sandwiches), a Cherokee Purple (which should be plump and juicy, and dark purple), a Tess's Land Race Currant (small and currant shaped, with an intense tangy flavor), and a Yellow Pear. 

With the tomatoes decided on, I looked around for some sweet peppers.  Sadly, there were no sweet peppers to be found.  But I did chose a nice Anaheim pepper, which should be good for making into salsa.  Of course we had to look around at the farmer's market as well.  I found some local raw honey there, which is supposed to help with allergies.

After that, it was time for some herbs.  We didn't really find anything, but we had passed another plant sale on the way there, so we stopped off and were able to find some sweet basil, which we split between the three of us, and then I bought a container of chives. All told I've probably spent $20 or so (that includes the honey).

Now that I have a few of the plants I wanted, my goal is to keep them going inside through this week, and hopefully plant them next weekend, weather permitting.  I still would like to find some sweet peppers, and maybe some spinach.  But at least I've got a little bit to get me started. Let the gardening begin!


Well done! I hope your tomatoes do well - the deer always get ours! So frustrating! :)

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