Sale Plants Seeds around Neighborhood

My Saturday plant sale drew neighbors and passers-by to see what kinds of bargains they could dig up.

Next year–bell peppers.

plant-sale-blog3That was one plant in demand that I hadn’t considered when I started my vegetable seeds in March. I had planted 12 different varieties of tomatoes and three kinds of peppers, but not one single bell.

But that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for my first neighborhood plant sale. We were up early on Saturday morning and it was fun driving John around to place the signs he had painted the night before. Then we raced home to set up before the first buyers appeared in the driveway.

The plant rack was loaded with standard tomato fare,  like Celebrity and Red Cherry tomatoes, but I also had grape-sized Sprites and Giant Belgiums on the shelf. A box was full of unusual varieties like Marianna’s Peace, Dulcia, Paul Robeson and Hana. Peppers included Jalapeno, Paprika and Poblano.

One neighbor stopped by and bought several tomato plants and some perennials I transplanted from my yard. The Prairie Coneflowers would look good in her backyard and the Tangerine Southernwood would fill a spot by the fence, she said.

One guy almost didn’t stop but finally pulled his big truck over and ended up buying almost $20 in tomato and pepper plants. I think he surprised himself to be excited to try growing something different–Black Krim, Green Zebra and Yellow Pear tomatoes.

Another woman was happy to find several Ponytail Grass starts I had transplanted into pots. She told me she had always wanted some of those, but never knew where to find them.

Other plants I sold included a Peking Cotoneaster that was growing in the yard, probably “planted” by a bird who was just passing through. I also sold a tiny Austrian Pine seedling that blew in from my neighbor’s yard.

My “Plant Sale” sign attracted the attention of two women thinking it meant house plants, something that hadn’t occurred to me to sell in the prime of gardening season. But maybe I’ll add a few of those next year, too.


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