Ed (in the Vegetable Gardener Bible) suggests buying plants in 4 inch pots that aren’t too big and don’t have lots of roots growing out of the bottom, as that’s an indication that the plant is already stressed. I got a “fancy” eggplant, a Sweet 1000 cherry tomato, a Brandywine Heirloom tomato, some leeks, 2 parsley, 2 basil, and a dill. I really wanted to try Sweet Banana peppers, but they only had those in the smaller 6 packs, so I bought them anyway. Ed and the little, old Italian woman also shopping at the garden center said that peppers "like to hold hands," so we’ll plant two and I’ll try to find a home for the other four.
On a whim, I also bought some more seeds, because I think we’re going to have more room than I expected, and I can’t seem to control myself. We’ll be adding edamame and cilantro to the mix now, and I also got some parsnips and kale to plant later in the season when some of the early plants are done.
I also left the garden center with this stuff:
And it was all I could do to not to buy some beautiful shade-tolerating plants that I'd never seen before- a pink and yellow columbine, a white columbine and a yellow globe flower (all from White Flower Farm).
Yes, please. Another time, I hope. I know just the spot I'd put them.
P.S. I linked up to Remodelaholic to show off my teak chairs. Check out the other projects here.