I placed an order with Gurney’s Seed & Nursery Company. I got:
- 50 ever bearing strawberry plants (buy one order of 25, get one order of 25 free)
- Blueberry plants (buy one, get one free)
- Another blueberry for pollination
- Blackberry plants (3 per order)
- Gooseberry plant
All for the grand total of … drum roll, please … $30 and some change … and that includes shipping and handling.
When you go to their web site, at the top of the front page you should see a blurp saying if you place an order of $50 or more, you get a $25 discount. As soon as your order hits $50 in the shopping cart, the $25 discount shows. However, when I filled in my shipping info, the discount disappeared. I had to call the company and they manually applied the discount. I also ordered the catalogue through the web site, but the ’09 catalogues aren’t out yet and they mailed out a $25 coupon as a consolation prize so to speak. Now I have something else to look forward to in the spring.
On the gardening front, on Sunday we had a relative heat wave (temps in the 40s) and I finally got a chance to deal with my bags of collected leaves. I mulched the garlic and strawberry plants and threw some on the perennials. I constructed a makeshift frame in the bed with the lowest soil level and dumped all but one bag of leaves into it. The “frame” consists of some wire border fencing about 24 inches tall lined with black plastic. The pile is about 4 feet wide, 4 feet long, and maybe 18 inches deep. I wet the ground before I put them in and I layered with the finished compost that was just sitting in the garden cart and the partially finished load sitting in the tumbling composter. I wet the leaves as I was adding them. It’s definitely not a hot compost pile, but hopefully the little wiggly worms will find the pile and help it break down by the spring. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world, but it’s functional.
The one big bag of leaves I didn’t dump in the yard will serve as the brown for the house scraps over the winter. The bag must be five feet tall with nicely shredded leaves that I rescued from the trash. You know what they say…one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME and HAPPY TURKEY DAY TO YOU