Buy Local Plants

Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) native perennial

It is simple to taste the difference between a locally grown, freshly picked strawberry and its supermarket counterpart grown and shipped from California.  It is more complicated to tell the difference between a locally grown plant and one shipped to a big box garden store.  Although I still, on occasion, pick up a flat of pansies at the Home Depot, I prefer to buy local plants for the following reasons:

it all starts in the soil

compost

Soil is extremely important for growing gardens; it’s the starting point and the base for plant growth. Good soil is alive and contains earthworms, insects, bacteria, fungi, and nutrients. I learn more about this all the time. Here’s what I know now:

victory gardens

WWII poster

During WW1 and WW2, 20 million Victory Gardens were planted in backyards, parks, and  rooftops to help with food production. They grew 41 percent of the produce that was consumed in the nation. Fruit and vegetables harvested in these home and community plots was estimated to be 9-10 million tons.