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Dear Home Improvement Stores

By   /   August 23, 2011  /   Comments

Home Depot and Lowes, I’m talking to you.

Whose genius idea was it to start taking down seeds and seedlings in June? I mean really? Why on earth does this make sense at all? More specifically, where on earth does this sense?

I can tell you one place it makes absolutely zero sense: south Georgia. If for no other reason than, hello! we have at least four to five months left of a growing season. I’ve actually found that I have better luck in the fall than I do in the spring because it stays cooler longer. I can’t tell you how annoying it is to plant lettuces and get all excited when they start to come in and next thing you know its 95 degrees and your lettuce is a pile of goo.

Knowing that, and it being slightly warmer than hell for the last five months, I went into your stores (yes both of them) in search of some seeds to start some broccoli and other things inside in the hopes that it starts to cool down some in the coming month or two. Imagine my surprise when there is nothing there. Nothing. Not even a wilted tomato plant remnant.

Of course I looked inside and out, up and down every aisle before I finally asked a worker — I’m stubborn like that. Plus, I just couldn’t fathom that you would actually take down the gardening stuff, assuring you won’t gain anything financially from a large group of people who want to keep planting. Doesn’t seem like a good business practice.

So now I’m putting together an order online.

Broccoli, beans, cauliflower, radishes, lettuce, spinach, carrots …

All waiting for a time where you can walk to the mailbox and not have a river of sweat running down your crack.

Your loss is the internet’s gain.



P.S. Don’t think I’m sending you a jar of pickles for Christmas this year. You are dead to me!


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