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April Black Friday “Home Depot: B1G1 on Seeds” this weekend only!

In the past few months, I have noticed this bizarre attempt at advertising: a new Black Friday seemingly every month.  Do these companies simply not understand the definition of “Black Friday”?  Or, is this a not-so-clever marketing attempt to get the masses to big box stores and push more of their unneeded junk?

Regardless of the company rationale, I headed to Home Depot today for the helpful Early Spring April 5 Black Friday sales: B1G1 seed packes, started vegetables 5 for $10, and Miracle Gro topsoil 4 for $10.

After finding this seed-starting chart on veggieharvest.com, I should be able to being planting soon despite the unseasonably cold temperatures.

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So here is what I got: organic seeds at 99 cents a pack!

2013-04-05_14-53-06_220And, I could not help but take a few photos of the lovely plants.

2013-04-05_13-52-06_666And, the lovely buttercups.

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Daffodils in November

Our Midwest 9 degrees cooler than average October followed by a few balmy weekends has confused my poor daffodils.
Back, I say! Get back in the ground! I should be anticipating your March-April arrival, not clearing you out with the autumn leaves.
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Rooftop Gardening Done Right

Atop Elgin Community College’s first floor rooftops, I found these lovely (and quite large) student-led gardens just outside the new Humanities lunchroom.  Apparently, the horticulture students maintain the plantings, and the culinary students use the produce in their cuisine.  What a lovely idea!
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And, of course, it is a serene view when I am scarfing my Lean Cuisine between classes.

Succulent at Mariano’s

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I picked up this interesting succulent at the new local grocery store Mariano’s. This little guy was pricey, but I’ve never seen the like: fuzzy purpley-green “leaves” with orange flowers.

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Sweet Autumn Explosion

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My Sweet Autumn Clematis has exploded with blooms.  This perennial vine is designated a “Type 3”, meaning it must be cut to the ground each Fall or early Spring as it only blooms on new wood.  
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Each year, I’m surprised by the voracity of this plant: going from nothing to covering my stairwell in a matter of months.
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