Can This Reluctant Gardener Learn to Save Money By Growing Vegetables?

Last year I was the lucky recipient of a cherry tomato harvest from Aimee’s garden. (Tasteless cherry tomatoes go for $2.50 [on sale] and up per package at stores.) My family loves them, eats them for snacks, on sandwiches, in salads—it’s one of their favorite foods. I’m ready to start growing my own cherry tomatoes, but it’s not going to be easy for me.

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Hoping this is my own cherry tomatoes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes, I know, growing cherry tomatoes is easy. Easy for whom? Not for me, as I wrote in an article for AOL about my black thumb-itis. I was able to grow wildflowers a blue moon ago, not anymore. I kill every plant given to me. A neighbor’s tomato plant gifted to us – dead.  (We have plenty of sun, we water, but no success.) I’m willing to start small—again—with a container garden. Aimee has seeds for me. There are free seed packs at our library. I even ordered a tomato plant from my son’s track-and-field school fundraiser (…and I never order expensive fundraiser stuff, so I must be serious…). If I’m successful, maybe, just maybe, I’ll move up to a square-foot garden. And, maybe add lettuce to my garden. Gulp.

Another Goal for a Reluctant Gardener:

Composting: I went to a talk at our library in March on “How to Start a Vegetable Garden,” and though most of this basic talk went over my head, the presenter and long-time gardener, Eric Frisk, said something that made me want to compost. He said he started composting ages ago because he was just too cheap to buy dirt. Well, I’m cheap, too! So, now I want to compost for free dirt. Aimee is also my inspiration because she is guiding me on how to start composting to save on garbage and, yes, get my free dirt.

~Marilyn, TFF

Free Seed Packet Area Now Open at Fairfield Woods Branch Library

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A patron looking through the vegetable seed packet drawers. The top one holds "easy" seeds for beginner gardeners. Photo: TFF

Don’t miss this annual springtime opportunity to gather free organic (and some heirloom organic) vegetable, herb and flower seeds at the Seed-to-Seed Library in the Fairfield Woods Branch Library in Fairfield. The Seed-to-Seed Library has seed packet donations from Comstock Ferre in Wethersfield, CT, the oldest operating seed company in the U.S., and other generous seed companies. There’s plenty to share.

The area is on the first floor near the Resource Desk and is run in partnership with the Fairfield Organic Teaching Farm. The drawers are categorized with seeds that are easy to difficult to plant, there’s a sign in sheet, tutorials, handouts and more. Open a packet, take out a few seeds and place in the little envelopes provided by the library.

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Some of the packets of flower seeds at the Seed-to-Seed Library. Photo: TFF

Please remember to sign in so the library can track how well-loved the program is for future grants.

Funding for this program was generously provided by Fairfield Earth Day Committee.  Seeds for the Seed-to-Seed Library were graciously donated by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co., Mansfield, MO;  Comstock Ferre in Wethersfield, CT, oldest continuously operating seed company in the U.S.; and Renee’s Garden—Gourmet Vegetables, Kitchen Herbs, Cottage Garden Flower in Felton, CA.  A grant from New England Grassroots Environment Fund has helped to establish the seed library.


~Marilyn, TFF