Pike Nurseries will re-open its stores on Friday, May 1, 2020. The nurseries have been using a pickup/delivery only model for the past several weeks.
It’s not clear yet whether curbside pickup will remain an option. We’ll update when we know for sure.
Here’s what we know:
This info was provided by the Toco Hills store, and is believed to apply to all the Atlanta locations — but you may want to double-check with your location to confirm status and and hours.
Seniors (65+) and anyone else at greater risk of illness are invited to shop the first hour the stores are open, from 8 to 9 a.m.
The general public can shop at Pike from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The nurseries will have a limit of 50 people, including store employees, inside the shopping area at one time.
Employees will wear masks, and the public is greatly encouraged to use face coverings as well.
All Pike stores are following the safety guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, as well as federal and state officials.
Want to start a modern-day victory garden? Keep reading!
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Curbside pickup and delivery
Nurseries and garden centers selling edible plants have been deemed an “essential business” by local and state governments during these extraordinary times.
In an effort to keep customers safe, all Pike Nurseries locations are now exclusively offering delivery and curbside pick-up.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
You can complete an online form or call a local store to order, and a Pike Nurseries employee-owner will return the call to personally consult on the request and finalize the order. Right now the time to the phone consult is running 5 days or more, because of the spring rush.
All photos courtesy of Pike Nurseries
What is a victory garden?
The term “Victory Garden” goes back to World War II. Americans were encouraged to grow fruits and vegetables at home, to express patriotism and lower the demands on an overburdened food system.
During the Great Recession, victory gardens became popular again. The goal was self-reliance, and having control over the food supply and the price of food.
For many people, victory gardens are about getting back to real food, as in the farm to table movement.
With the current pandemic hitting Atlanta right at spring planting time, we expect to see victory gardens once again surge in popularity.
Starting an edible garden
With all the challenges communities are facing, Pike Nurseries is offering resources to those who want to plant an edible garden.
From the press release:
These modern-day victory gardens are a practical way to grow a tasty harvest that will benefit the whole household, while helping provide camaraderie and comfort at home. A healthy recreation for all ages, gardening offers fresh air and exercise, relieves stress and provides fruitful results. Vegetables, fruits and herb gardens can be seasonal and self-sufficient – and there’s nothing better than homegrown!
Edible gardens grow plentiful produce in any space, including backyards, window boxes, containers and more – with spring produce, such as strawberries and tomatoes, ideally receiving six or more hours of direct sunlight every day. The experts also recommend working edibles around existing flowers and shrubs.
With an abundance of produce, gardeners can share the fruits of their labor with family, friends and neighbors — or donate harvests to local nonprofit organizations.
The Pike Nurseries’ pros have outlined a few simple Do-It-Yourself projects. Just follow the links below for info and resources.
- Scrumptious Strawberries – Now is the perfect time to plant this beloved berry! Strawberries are nutrient-packed super fruits known to help fight against disease.
- Tomato Time – Info on how to pick the perfect type of tomato for a juicy harvest this season.
- Salsa Garden – Gardeners can plant a veggie bed with tomatoes, peppers, onions, chives, and cilantro. Different types of produce will determine the texture, color, and spiciness of the salsa.
- Pizza Garden – Parents and children alike will love planting ingredients for their favorite food – pizza! Kids can help plant, water. and harvest flavorful herbs for an extra rewarding pizza night.
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