What About Gardening

I can think of no better way to boost the mental and physical health of the general population than getting all the gardeners back out into their yards where they will gladly stay away from everyone for weeks and weeks. It’s not too soon to plant the cold-loving pansies, but the other annuals should wait till after the final frost of the season. We are generally out of the woods by May 15th. But before all this rejuvenating social distancing can take place, most people have to go shopping. On Thursday Governor Raimondo addressed this issue.

The governor announced the she has ordered large stores to all but shut their garden centers. She said that the state Department of Business Regulation and Department of Environmental Management will issue guidelines for those garden centers, as well as small garden centers, to reopen by April 27.

Given the open, outdoorsy character of these places, they should be able to figure something out. One popular source for annuals, perennials, and veggie six-packs is Four Town Farm in Seekonk. They will be opening for curbside pick-up on Thursday, April 23, and they have devised a carefully thought out plan:

The stand will be strictly running curbside pickup. These hours will be 9-4. Ordering will be available by phone call or through ‘Whats Good’ starting on Tuesday. Each order must be placed two days before pickup. To see what will be available: our curbside ordering sheet will be posted Monday to our Website, Facebook and Instagram. Pickup will be in the morning from 9-12 or afternoon from 1-4.

You get the idea. There’s more at their Facebook page.

(Seen here is a lovely pansy tub photographed last spring at the commercial strip on West Fountain Street where Fearless Fish is.)

[Update: The Governor will have a statement on Monday regarding the opening of garden centers which she hopes could be April 27.]

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