A couple weeks ago, Paul and I decided to check out a nursery that had been overwhelmingly voted “best garden center in the South Metro” on the local Patch website, Gerten’s Farm Market. For those of you familiar with the area, this is not the enormous, sprawling Gerten’s you can see from I-494 in Inver Grove Heights, but rather a separate business not too far down the road. We were just planning to scope the place out, but then I saw them: so many petunias! The pink and purple mix caught my eye, and that was that. I bought a tray-full and brought them home.
But hmm, what to do with them? After a little bit of scouring the property for good planting spots (there’s still not really many), we settled on planting them around the mailbox. I hate mowing around that thing anyway, so let’s remove the grass from the equation, right? After a trip to Menards for black plastic edging, a trip to the County compost site for some free mulch, and a few hours of prepping and planting, this is what we ended up with:
Of course, there were set backs — it wouldn’t be the Twin Cities Farmhouse without something unexpected! I chose the diameter of my flower bed’s edging before starting, so of course, as I’m digging: CLUNK. Upon inspection, I found a square metal post that had been sheared off just below ground level. Almost certainly a former mailbox post. Unfortunately, it was really buried in there, and I couldn’t be asked to dig it out, so I shifted my trench over ever so slightly to set the edging into. Luckily, the way the flowers ended up being spaced seems to have made it impossible to tell which side I shifted it to. Dare you to guess!