Wabash Antiques and Feed Store

Join the friendly but busy crowd at Wabash Feed Store so you can pick up some bulk chard, radish, and collard seeds along with a cupful of baby onions, all for planting right now. Or you could adopt one of their needy and friendly dogs, just waiting for a human to love. I stroked the miniature dachshund, larger than Dalí, perhaps less friendly, though who could tell in that stressful environment? I bought seeds for chard, black-seeded Simpson lettuce, collards, radishes, mustard greens, beets, and kale, three ounces of the first three and an ounce of the second three. The kale they only had in packets. I got a cupful of tiny onions to plant. I’ve found I can grow through the St. Louis winter, slowly, under clear plastic-covered hoops. I’ll be bringing those seeds with me home today, for planting soon. I had to buy them here because seeds of any kind are not to be found in St. Louis in the winter.

It is the glorious time of year in Houston. The sun blazes, but temperatures reach the magic 50 degrees F, or 10 C, then cool from there, or warm to a wonderful feeling 80, only good because it is temporary. It is too early to plant tomatoes, but perfect for greens. Where will we explore today?

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About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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