Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Just visited DeBaggio Herb Farm and Nursery
I am in heaven! Or I should say I am back home after visiting herb heaven. I have a confession to make, mothers never want to admit that they have favorites so don't tell the vegetables and flowers in my garden but I love herbs the best. As a group of plants they can't be beat. They smell, taste and look good. On top of that most of them are very easy to grow. A little neglect, no problem. Crummy soil, you can probably get a pass on that as well. So when I read about DeBaggio's in Adrian Higgins' Tweets and in his Washington Post articles I just had to visit. Chantilly VA. sounded far away but it isn't far from Falls Church. It took me about 30 minutes to drive there from the center of Falls Church City. It is easy to find via their directions on their website http://debaggioherbs.com/. DeBaggio's is a small place but packed with many healthy herb plants, unlike some places that sell plants that are in terrible shape (they shall remain nameless but it rhymes with Dome Hepot). The selection of herbs is also wonderful. They have several types of basil, sages, lavenders and lavandin (the latter is more suited to our climate), and a great selection of tomatoes and pepper plants as well. I went there expecting to blow a whole lot of money. I wrote a list that I tried to stick with, but ended up purchasing more things than I had planned (not a surprise). The surprise was that it came in under budget by almost $20 because the smaller plants are well worth the price of $3.29. Since they appear to be healthy I am not too worried about them making it through the summer either. If they don't it will be something I have done wrong. In addition to herbs and vegetables they also have some annuals and perennials. Check on their website or call (703) 327-6976 before you visit since their inventory changes every day.