This year I joined the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA). So I'm a farmer. Right? Well OK maybe not. But I did join. They have a bulk buy every year and this year I wanted to stock up on things. Especially those that are hard to find around my area. Like the Vermont Compost Company's Fort Vee Potting Mix. I used it one year and it grew the best transplants. My mix does well, but not quite as well as theirs.
Now I don't have a car. My husband does, but it is a tiny little Prius and he took it to work. So I borrowed a friend's minivan for the trip. I told him I'd have it back to him by about 11:30 as he had an appointment in the afternoon. When I got there I was informed that the Vermont Compost delivery that was supposed to have come yesterday like all the other shipments did, had been delayed. One person said it wouldn't come until the next day; one said it would come by noon. Dang. Was I going to have to go out to Natick again? I waited for an hour, chatting with the helper. In general just praying it would show up before I had to leave. And then the truck finally showed up. I was so happy to see it. I had my potting mix.
I've been told not to lift heavy things by my doctor. I have a bad shoulder. But there I was lifting about 10 bags which were 50# each. Then on the other side I had to unload them all and get them into the basement. Ouch. I had originally thought the pick up was on March 12th at this location. That would have been a weekend which means manly help. But no, March 9th meant I had to do it all alone. Next time I'll read those dates more carefully.
That was not to be my only excitement for the day though. The UPS man came with not one, but two deliveries. I opened the door and he told me he had my garden in his truck. I had two packages of tomato cage extensions. And I had three packages of bamboo.
In between the two orders, I was busy trying to figure out what other orders to place. I placed an order for Agribon from Johnny's. And I've been looking through the SSE Yearbook. I want to get some pinto type beans from there. Maybe a few others while I'm at it. I think I'll need a couple days more to make a decision though. They have so many dried beans to choose from. I am awash in gardening wealth.