Saturday, March 28, 2009

Serving Hard Times


One of the first things to be eliminated during hard economic times is the extras. New plants for the garden may fall within those things eliminated.

Rather than be sad or mad, be innovative!

Winter is the perfect time to make a plan to divide your perennials. Plan a “plant sharing party” for April or May. It takes little extra work.

Arrange the place - your yard, the park, church basement or other free place.

State the plan up front:

  1. Take only the same number of plants that you contribute (one for one).
  2. Perennial for perennial
  3. Annual for annual
  4. Vegetable/fruit producing for same
  5. Seeds for seeds
  6. Tree or bush for tree or bush
  7. Size for equal size
  8. Offer no guarantees for survival (It’s free to take or not)
  9. All plants must be in transportable containers
  10. No money changes hands
  11. Extras may be planted in the city’s public beds

You may have three people participate or three-hundred. It’s a great way to feel good about disposing of extra or unwanted plants. It will help others enjoy the plants you love. It’s a fun day with like-minded gardeners.

If you are buying from nurseries and retailers, you can still participate by buying an extra plant and sharing (especially annuals).

I think of the times I’ve heard a gardener friend talk about “cleaning out a bed of something unwanted.” Instead of throwing away, donate and share.

Economic hard times needn’t be the end of good times, just a change in what we consider a good time. Sharing our own bounty with others is a sure way to have a good time.

I have found the plants I’ve received from other gardeners are the most hardy and most enjoyed. Something about the touch of a friend giving it vigor and longevity. “He who is born with a silver spoon in his mouth is generally considered a fortunate person, but his good fortune is small compared to that of the happy mortal who enters this world with a passion for flowers in his soul.” Celia Thaxter.

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