01 February, 2009
Posted by Joanne at 3:25 PM
To save money this year, we're buying flower seeds instead of plants from the nursery. I've grown a few things from seed in the past, but this will be pretty ambitious.
It's been a blast pouring over the 2009 gardening catalogs and making up imaginary orders (that quickly get whittled down to the practical). I'm going to stick with the fairly simple: morning glories, petunias, impatiens. Things that are pretty tough and can hold their own against a scorching Chicago summer.
Burpee was one of the companies I wanted to order from. I selected $15 worth of seeds--California poppies, a mix of loose leaf lettuce, coleus, and butterfly weed among them. Do you know what the shipping charge was going to be? $8.95. Are they freakin' kidding me? Nobody else was charging anywhere near that much. $8.95 for a couple of packets of seeds seems unreasonably high.
I may go back to buying seeds from other gardeners on eBay. It's a hell of a lot cheaper.