The wind-swirled rain this morning encouraged the Ancient Gardener to stop at Casual Gourmet in Glenwood for a cup o’ joe after his exercise routine in the fitness room and his half-hour walk in the gym at the nearby community center.
The warming cup reminded the Ancient Gardener of four gardening reasons to buy this special treat.
Reason 1: Use the cup next spring to start tomato or other seeds.
Reason 2: Use the wooden stirrer as a row marker.
Reason 3: Use the cardboard insulator to wrap around the stem of a tomato transplant to stymie cut worms.
Reason 4: If you stop at a Starbucks, pick up a free 5-pound bag of coffee grounds to add as a soil supplement. If the “Grounds for Your Garden” basket is empty, ask a barista how you can get a bag or two.