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Old 05-05-2010, 07:36 AM
 
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With this beautiful weather, I'm in my Spring planting mode. Yesterday I went to Richards nursery near Quakertown for some flowers and bedding plants. Richards is on Brick Tavern Road, between Allentown Road and Old Bethlehem Pike, but closer to Allentown Road. No website. My alternate spot that I was thinking of was Dan Schantz right off of route 78 on south Lehigh Street - Dan Schantz Greenhouse & Cut Flower Outlet (http://www.danschantzgreenhouse.com/store_info.html - broken link) They have a huge greenhouse with usually a large selection.

I planted some of the flowers right away but will probably hold off on my vegetables for a couple of days. All I need now is one more cherry tomato plant and a couple of seedless cucumbers and I'll be all set! I really don't have much of a garden, but I enjoy growing my own tomatoes.

Any other good places to go in your area?
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Old 05-05-2010, 10:46 AM
 
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Smile toobusytoday is right the Valley has many beautiful sites

toobusytoday is right the Valley has many beautiful sites and many historical sites to be visited. Eight and Hamilton was the site of a Revolutionary Hospital. Zions Church between 7 TH and 6 TH Streets hid the Liberty Bell and has a museum to visit. Many PA. Germans fought for the Colonies from this area, and they crossed the Delaware to defeat the Hessians with George Washington. The OLD TIME Pennsylvania Dutch took great pride in the fact their families were descended Colonial Soldiers and not paid Hessian Mercenaries. Some of these Colonial Troops are buried in the cemetery at 10 TH and Linden Streets, but that is not a good place to go anymore in the city.

The VERY FIRST TROOPS TO WASHINGTON WHEN LINCOLN ASKED FOR VOLUNTEERS TO DEFEND WASHINGTON were all from the Lehigh Valley. To this day their Unit is KNOWN AS THE "FIRST DEFENDERS". Again 99.9 percent were Pennsylvania Germans. Allentown had 8 German Language Newspapers and only 2 English Language Newspapers during the Civil War. A Unit of these Civil War hero's is buried together in the Cemetery at 10 TH and Chew, also not a safe place to visit anymore.

Years ago I was heavy into Touring Bicycle Riding and the county's of Pennsylvania had detailed maps. You could tour a county on Bicycle ride and stay off the main roads.

We went into New Jersey on one ride to see the LAST standing Covered Bridge in New Jersey.

The Lehigh Valley has EIGHT COVERED BRIDGES in a 10 mile radius. The Tourist groups would be able to help you find all or one of these lovely areas. We use to take the children to Wehr's Bridge I believe it is and picnic. The Lehigh Parkway has Bogart's Bridge and another beautiful picnic area. The Fish Hatchery is up the road and a GREAT PLACE TO TAKE SMALL CHILDREN.

(I should mention PA. Dutch are really PA. Germans, many new arrivals could not pronounce the German word for German and it ended we are called PA. Dutch.)

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Old 05-05-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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I'm heading down to the Landis Valley Museum Herb and Garden Faire this weekend. They advertised that some of their vendors will have heirloom varieties of veggies for sale, and of course all things garden. Now I just hope I can stay within my spending limit!

I'm trying the Square Foot Garden method this year. There's a thread on that in the garden forum as well as a veggie garden thread. I've received a lot of good information from those threads, so I'm going to bet that my garden will bring me lots of delicious produce this year! At least that's what I'm telling the plants as I plant them! Gotta be positive, right?
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:11 AM
 
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I'll second recommending Richard's. I went there last year to pick up a bunch of perennials. The prices are very reasonable, and there is a nice variety.
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Old 05-08-2010, 05:47 AM
 
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Yesterday on my way to Valley Farm Market on Emmaus Avenue in South Allentown, I stopped at a very busy open air Market. I've been here before, but it was bigger and busier then ever yesterday. This is a great place to get Mother's Day flowers or bedding plants. I got a whole flat of marigolds for $13. They also had impatiens and some other nice looking plants. I like to intersperse marigolds with my tomatoes so chose them.

There was also fresh vegetables available for $1 a tray. This varied and some were better deals then others but they had every kind of vegetable imaginable from green beans to Cilantro to grape tomatoes. No signs anywhere so it took a minute to figure out, but boy was it busy! This place is located between Valley Farm Market on Emmaus Avenue (704 West Emaus Ave.) and South fourth Street. My intention was to get veggies and crabcakes at Valley Farm market so I just ended up getting the crab cakes and misc. groceries (great fresh bread) there.
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Old 05-08-2010, 09:19 AM
 
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Default Anyone tried the Pharo Garden Center ?

A kind of small funky sweet old-fashioned mom&pop sort of place...

It's a bit hard to find as the Google map is pertwitzed.
Although it's listed on Easton Rd. one must veer off to the left onto Church Rd. for a few hundred feet.
(Just before the beautiful old St John's Lutheran Church...Farmersville I believe)

Nothing fancy-schmancy here, but I love to wander around the place looking for treasures.

Being new to the area I am knocked out by all the lovely little nooks and off-the-beaten path places here...I feel very blessed having landed in the Lehigh Valley!
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