Maybe spring sprang suddenly upon you; maybe the seeds you bought or swapped earlier this year went unattended (as happens with mine, frequently) and are scraggly and unhealthy; maybe you just moved to the city and haven’t had time to start seed for this year’s garden. Well, you’re in luck! This weekend, there are several plant sales in the area, and it’s really not too too late to start a few things such as pumpkins or cucumbers for the DC State Fair Seedling Swap on May 14. Even if you can’t start some seeds to share, you can always stop by for free seedlings to get your DC State Fair contest entries off to a growing start! To plan for your DC State Fair entries for this fall, keep an eye out for any vegetables/herbs/fruit that could taste good; get jammed, pied, pickled, or cupcaked; grow long; grow heavy; or just look crazy-funky!
This weekend’s events include the Franciscan Monastery’s annual herb and plant sale, from 9 to 6 on Saturday and 9 to 3:30 on Sunday.
Also this weekend, the Friends of the National Arboretum is hosting their annual plant sale from 1 to 4 on Friday and 9 to 4 on Saturday. Most of the plant offerings are ornamentals, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find a few vegetable starts! (There are some blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, key lime, and kiwi listed in the plant selection list for the sale.)
And, of course, many local farmers’ markets are year-round or will start up again this or next weekend. Check your local market for wonderful heirloom vegetable and herb starts; if you’re not sure where a market is near you, check out the USDA’s Farmers’ Market Search tool! It provides addresses and dates and times of operation for the dozens and dozens of markets in the DC area.