Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by Kelejan Today at 12:36 am

» Garbanzo (Chickpeas, Cicer arietinum) and Kidney Beans
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 11:28 pm

» Butterfly Junction
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:46 pm

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 10:43 pm

» What are you eating from your garden today?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:43 pm

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 9:41 pm

» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 9:18 pm

» CHALLENGE - Smallest possible footprint
by Kelejan Yesterday at 5:19 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 4:51 pm

» GF Collard Greens, Kale Recipes
by BeetlesPerSqFt Yesterday at 12:49 pm

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson Yesterday at 11:48 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by llama momma 12/6/2016, 4:52 pm

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by llama momma 12/6/2016, 4:35 pm

» New England, December 2016
by CapeCoddess 12/6/2016, 3:27 pm

» Bon fires on the Levee
by Cajun Cappy 12/6/2016, 12:17 pm

» Mid-South: December 2016
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:26 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:24 pm

» Gardening in Central Pennsylvania
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:21 pm

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by Scorpio Rising 12/5/2016, 10:15 pm

» Amaranth
by countrynaturals 12/5/2016, 12:06 pm

» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by donnainzone5 12/5/2016, 11:14 am

» Live and learn
by jimmy cee 12/5/2016, 9:08 am

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by countrynaturals 12/4/2016, 2:04 pm

» Mychorrhizae Fungi
by audrey.jeanne.roberts 12/4/2016, 1:28 pm

» December 2016 Avatar: Show your Winter Season Colors!
by Scorpio Rising 12/3/2016, 11:17 pm

» SFG not giving the results I expected
by No_Such_Reality 12/3/2016, 7:21 pm

» New Member
by trolleydriver 12/3/2016, 4:14 pm

» First season SFG results / lessons learned
by countrynaturals 12/3/2016, 10:36 am

» Eat Broccoli Leaves? Brussels Sprouts? Cauliflower?
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:55 am

» Winter's Coming!
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:53 am

Google

Search SFG Forum

Would you...

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Would you...

Post  kimbertangleknot on 1/13/2011, 8:34 pm

Spend more money to buy "local" plants rather than a nationally known place that could have the same plant for cheaper?

I'm interested to know what you would do.

kimbertangleknot

Female Posts : 274
Join date : 2010-06-21
Age : 35
Location : Charlotte, NC -+- Zone 7

View user profile http://www.moonflyart.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Would you...

Post  camprn on 1/13/2011, 9:08 pm

Yes, I would; I prefer to support my local farmers.
Now, that being said, if I see signs of disease or pests, all bets are off.

camprn

Forum Moderator Certified SFG Teacher

Female Posts : 13983
Join date : 2010-03-06
Age : 54
Location : Keene, NH, USA ~ Zone 5a

View user profile http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t3574-the-end-of-july-7-week

Back to top Go down

Re: Would you...

Post  Odd Duck on 1/13/2011, 10:03 pm

I do that all the time. I would FAR rather spend locally and even go out of my way to do so.

Odd Duck

Female Posts : 327
Join date : 2010-03-08
Age : 54
Location : DFW, TX, Zone 7b/8a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Would you...

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 1/13/2011, 10:34 pm

Sorry, but no.

I just feel that if another business can offer the same thing for a better price, the better price wins....as long as price is the ONLY difference. And, the higher priced guy should work on a solution. Competition at it's finest.....however, I realize this will spur a monopoly debate, too.

Only way I choose local when it's more expensive is if I personally know, like, or am related to the guy.

BackyardBirdGardner

Male Posts : 2727
Join date : 2010-12-25
Age : 42
Location : St. Louis, MO

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Would you...

Post  Furbalsmom on 1/13/2011, 10:40 pm

I try to support local businesses, but to me local may just be in state, not my immediate area. Where I live there is a limited number of LOCAL merchants that carry specific items. Often, there are few merchants that carry what I need locally.

I have found vermiculite locally that is less expensive (recently located a merchant) but so often a local retailer may not take as good care of plants, so I might go to a store 80 miles away, but still in state because I feel more comfortable as to the condition of the stock.

Furbalsmom

Female Posts : 3141
Join date : 2010-06-10
Age : 69
Location : Coastal Oregon, Zone 9a, Heat Zone 2 :(

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Would you...

Post  Chopper on 1/13/2011, 11:22 pm

When money is tight I am all about price - and that is the way things are now. When money is more plentiful, I am more willing to make decisions based on things other than price. That is the reality of surviving and a lot of people are just surviving now.

But, if it something you are thinking of developing, start now and as money becomes more plentiful you will already be situated and ready to take advantage.

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 61
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Would you...

Post  duhh on 1/14/2011, 12:11 am

I'm all up for supporting local, if it is within reason. If It's a huge difference, I would go with the cheaper. If it's under a dollar or 2 I would try to buy more local if possible.

duhh

Female Posts : 378
Join date : 2010-03-04
Age : 35
Location : Glendale,AZ

View user profile http://duhhworld.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Would you...

Post  Lavender Debs on 1/14/2011, 1:11 am

This is about Plants?

Local.

It is hard to forget all the sick tomato plants shipped up and down the east coast, sold in big box stores and the disease the nearly wiped out tomato production in the east. That wasn't so cheap.

Lavender Debs

Posts : 2054
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 59
Location : Everett, WA USA

View user profile http://songs-of-coming-rain.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Would you...

Post  Odd Duck on 1/14/2011, 11:23 am

I've been burned a few too many times buying plants on-line. I will buy seeds on-line if I can't find them locally, but I'm very lucky and very happy with a great, local nursery (well, it's about 40 miles away, but that's local for DFW).

Odd Duck

Female Posts : 327
Join date : 2010-03-08
Age : 54
Location : DFW, TX, Zone 7b/8a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Would you...

Post  middlemamma on 1/14/2011, 6:32 pm

I really like to buy local for many of the same reasons mentioned already.

This year I am trying to start as much as I can from seed...so I won't be buying but a few starts...and those I am going to buy from a local guy who I met at the downtown Coeur d'Alene Farmers Market. I like him, he is reasonable, I am not paying THAT much more and I feel good about supporting him.

Doing SFG has opened up a whole new world to me and I have learned much about farming and seeds I never knew before...now that I have learned more I don't think I could in good conscious NOT support the local guys. BUT with that said if I was on the tightest budget imaginable...that would be what I had to do and I wouldn’t feel bad about it. I would just do different when I could.

middlemamma
 
 

Female Posts : 2260
Join date : 2010-04-25
Age : 39
Location : Post Falls Idaho and LOVING it

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Would you...

Post  CarolynPhillips on 1/14/2011, 11:32 pm

I weigh the pros and cons. I could never stick to " just local". I buy far and near.
What matters to me is = are they healthy? buying cheap doesnt always mean healthy and buying healthy doesn't always mean expensive. vice versa

CarolynPhillips

Female Posts : 778
Join date : 2010-09-06
Age : 46
Location : Alabama Zone 7a

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Would you...

Post  Sponsored content Today at 4:45 am


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum