So if I want a backyard garden, I've got to use starters and starters mean a trip or two the store and a bunch of leftover plastic waste. So do I go all-in, borrow an SUV and drive across town to the farthest Home Depot? Or is there a slightly more eco-friendly option? I set out to answer that this morning.
Limiting the drive to 1.5 miles from my house (sorry Big Box home stores!), I found five options: two grocery chains, one hardware chain, a local co-op grocer and a local nursery.
Being big on composting, I figured I would do what I did last year and buy the veggie starters that came from the chain hardware store in the biodegradable pots. But today I also started paying attention to where the plants came from. And darn if I didn't have yet another decision to make this week. Because girls, it's preschool selection time, non?
The prices were comparable. They were all close by. I really wanted the compost potters but can that beat out locally grown plants? And in Rehm's case, sold from a local store? Nope. And even better, the chiles from Whole Foods and Rehm's are sold by a group trying to improve an impoverished neighborhood just down the street from my own by starting and running an urban farm and store right in the middle of it. As long as I reuse, return or recycle the pots, I think we're doing right.
|Patronize any store than can grow a Magnolia|
tree in Albuquerque.