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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Free at Walmart



Gladiolus 7-19-06.JPGOn Friday night I needed something from Walmart so I made a quick trip. While there I wandered into the Garden Center. Well, it was the indoor part, not the outer two sections. The guy there told me there was to be a Grand Opening on Saturday morning. Some plants were going to be half-price.

While I was very much interested, I knew I had no money to spend Saturday morning, Plus, even if I had money it would have been difficult to find a handicap parking space or an electric cart. Around noon on Saturday, , I realized I needed milk when I prepared to scramble eggs. I drink milk when I eat scrambled eggs.

Before I left I hung out a line of clothes, part of what I washed last night at the Laundromat. I am trying not to use the dryer and electricity. When I came home, they were dry but I hurt too much to hang more. My line is short!

After the milk was in my cart, I went to the outdoor Garden Center. It is under cover but has chain link for walls in most of the area. It was sooo cold, so I went back into the store and met the same guy going out there, the guy who told me about the sale. As it turns out, all the chairs, bistro sets, and other furniture was half price. I don't need any outdoor furniture since I have plenty of furniture gotten for free or at yard sales.

He did show me that there were free bulbs. They were giving away one gladiola bulb in a three-inch peat pot. There is no potting soil in the peat pot. But, I will just plant the gladiola bulb in the ground. I have always wanted gladiola, but they are expensive. They were two for $9.98, so I got a $4.50 bulb and a pot and a cup of Coke for free. I wanted a cookie, but apparently they did not feel it necessary to give away a cookie.

There were free tomato plants, but I was too late. They gave them all away. Pooh!

Then, after purchasing milk that had been out of the cooler for an hour in my electric cart, I decided to go to Lowe's where I had things I needed to check out. I brought the milk home about 5 p.m. and left it on the porch while I went to let the hens out again. (I was afraid a dog would come and hurt them.) I could not bring up the steps all the stuff I had in my hands. Just now, around 7:40 pm, I finally went out to shut the chickens in their pen and brought the milk in. Hopefully, it is so cold out that it will not spoil soon.

Maybe you can be at your WM when they have a Grand Opening at the Garden  Center.

Your turn
Does your Walmart have a Garden Center? Have you checked about the Grand Opening? Any hints or tricks pr warnings for growing a gladiola?

10 comments:

  1. I can send you some tomato seeds ..my waters sisters sent me a box of seeds for our community garden..I can share..what else would you like? email me..yellowdoggranny@yahoo.com and send address.

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  2.  Congratulations. I avoid Walmart for the most part because of their poor treatment of their employees, but I know a lot of people don't have any good options.

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    1. Snowbrush,
      LOL...yeah, big freebie. There are lots of options here, but they are difficult for me to shop. No carts or so few that I have to wait and hour for a cart makes it difficult to shop elsewhere.

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  3. Well, I wasn't able to get to WalMart until today, and there was no sign of any Grand Opening here, but I'm not surprised.

    As far as gladiolas go, they are extremely easy to grow, the first year. You can't let the bulbs freeze (except the hardy kind), or they won't come back at all next year, but it sometimes helps to let the leaves frost a bit before pulling them out of the ground. Still, I have never had much luck keep glads going more than a couple years. Oh, and the hardy ones are apparently very tasty to rodents in the wintertime.

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    1. John,
      The only way I knew there was a Grand Opening in the Garden Center was by an employee telling me the night before. Of course, it might have been in the paper.

      The only thing I know about gladiolas is that they are taller the first year than in subsequent years. Since this bulb was removed from the package, I don't know if it is hardy or not. Iris and daffodils are the only bulbs that survive around here. I suppose rodents get the others. I will plan to enjoy this at least this year. Thanks for that information. Oh, if I put bulbs in the basement, something eat them. I never see rodent droppings, though.

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  4. They never give things away at our Walmart. But if they did there would probably be a riot. Not kidding on that one either.

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    1. Sonya Ann,
      I figured there would be a riot, so I stayed home. Yes, I believe you.

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  5. Wow I've never managed to get anything free at Walmart. Well done!

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    1. LL Cool Joe,
      Free food samples is the only free thing I have ever found!

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