You’ll have noticed lots of plants for sale at the market this past week. Now that we’re approaching our last frost date, there’ll be even more: vegetable plants, annuals, and perennials. Why buy your plants from us and not at a big box store nursery? What could the difference be?
The first and foremost difference is quality. Big box store nurseries often pump their plants full of chemical fertilizers to get them to grow fast and bloom early. Plants with pretty blooms sell quickly. But once you get those plants home they often suffer because they’ve been so intensely and artificially nurtured. Ideally you want plants with a solid foundation, good root structure, and lots of life and blooming *ahead* of them. Resilient plants, started in greenhouses but slowly hardened off to the outside world, will thrive in your garden with little pampering – unlike the hot house beauties that will soon fade.
Plant stress is also a big difference between our plants and box store plants. Our plants have not had far to travel, and they are in constant care of experienced gardeners who have a vested interest in their survival. Big box store plants can be stressed from travelling long distances, and then often receive inadequate care by amateur gardeners in temporary pop-up nurseries. We’ve all seen trays of wilting sun stressed annuals parked for weeks on rolling racks.
What about perennials? When you buy a plant at our market you know that it has thrived in a climate similar to your garden. Buying perennials locally is always the best choice for success.
Other than plants, we’re starting to see asparagus, rhubarb, and fiddleheads at market. Come early – they go fast!
What’s special on Saturday this week?
Blue Dot Northumberland will be set up in our Community Stall this week. They are a non-profit group that is working towards ensuring that all Canadians have the legal right to fresh air, clean water, and safe food. They’d love to talk to you about their project.
White Pine Wood Creations are back this year with their stunning photos mounted on pine. I love the photos with local landmarks. They do custom work too!
Campbellford teen Cassiday Tizzard, amazed us all with her feel good business TizzArt last summer. She’s back this year again putting her artistic talent to good. She donates 15% of her profits to charities around Trent Hills and Ontario.
Northern Life Soap is making a debut at market on Saturday. They’ve got lots of interesting cold processed soap and bath bombs to choose from. I’m probably not the only one this time of year who could make use of their popular “Gardener’s Soap”!
Shamrock House is also new to us this year. Baked dog biscuits, soap, jewellery, and hand weaving are some of the goodies we have to look forward to from them.
And the cherry on the cake? Ean McMillan and Eleanor Belanger will bring the market to life with their lively tunes. As always, we’re so happy to have them perform for us!