I jumped out of my van in the Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) parking lot and made a beeline for the garden center. A friend recommended an EarthBox® for growing tomatoes and I was hoping to find one there (no luck). Our local OSH relocated to the former Mervyn’s site where, coincidentally, I had my first “real” job working in gift wrap. The new garden center has a recording of birds chirping in the background. Corny as it sounds, it’s actually very nice.
As I headed for the double doors I heard my name. I met Barbara through my son’s school, but didn’t know she was a gardener until I took my son to her home for a party in their back yard. I was green with envy! She has a beautiful garden on a double-sized lot and she has chickens. They make the best fertilizer around. Barbara also shares my fantasy of buying the neighbor’s house for the sole purpose of expanding her garden.
We chatted about our boys, but first she popped the trunk so I could ogle her flats of flowers and vegetables. It makes me giggle when I think about two women with their heads bent over a trunk, admiring all those plants. Ah, the joys of bonding over eggplant and tomato starter plants. I’m still smiling.