This review is for the online ordering portion of Esbenshades Garden Center Plants.
I’ve ordered plants on line before, from an Indian rope plant to a Pilea peperomioides that now looks like it’s taken over the window shelf. Both came packaged exceptionally well, and you could see that the person sending them was someone who really cared for the plants’ wellbeing. It’s something that I do, and with the lockdown in NYC and no place to get fresh herbs, I figured I’d buy them online.
Harder to do than say that’s for sure. My first inclination was to go to Ferry Morse, where I get a lot of my seeds from, they do non-GMO, and organics, and they’re reliable, and I’ll be doing a review on them soon enough. But seeds and plants were sold out until May, and simply put, I didn’t want to wait, so I continued my search elsewhere.
I looked into a couple of other places until finally finding some available plants on Esbenshades, who I’d never heard of before. In any case, they had plants in stock, so I went on my hunt. Found rosemary, thyme, oregano, and was super pleasantly surprised to find they had Tomatillos, so got a plant of those as well.
Esbenshades garden center plants are available online in April / May 2020 with limited inventory
The order was shipped out pretty quickly, and within 3 days I had a part of it on my front doorstep. After further research, Esbenshades is based out of South Central PA, so not all that far from NYC, but impressive nonetheless.
After opening the box, though, I was pretty bummed. The plants were not in the best of shape. Earth had spilled all over the box, the tomatillo had a bent stem that I’m now trying to fix using a splint, but need to order grafting tape, otherwise I’m going to wait and see if they perk up 🤞.
Not great, and I’m a little bummed to be completely honest. To be fair, it could be the fault of the FedEx delivery guy, but my suspicion is on Ebonshades. I also bought a bag of organic potting soil that was not packed very well, which makes me suspect them more than the delivery company. Simply because we tend to have excellent experiences with all our delivery folks here.
I wrote the company a message, see below, and waiting to see what they say.
Recommendation: Esbenshades Garden Center Plants seem fine other than the one tomatillo, the delivery was quick even if sent out in multiple packages, but that could have just been the way I ordered. Pricewise, they’re on par with other garden centers, but I don’t know if the products they sell are organic. The packaging was not super great but could have been a fluke, let’s see what customer service has to say about it.
The ranking is based on a five star (*****) scale.
Delivery: *** Super quick, but take points off for allowing a multiple part option. Impact on the wallet: *** Neutral, costs are more or less on par with other garden centers. Plants: *** 3/4 came in Ok shape, one in poor shape.
We’re really excited to join a CSA this summer. Our first CSA delivery won’t be ready for another few weeks and already we can’t wait to taste our seasonal goodies. If you’re not familiar with the concept, here’s a brief overview of the what and why of joining a CSA.
CSA stands for community supported agriculture and is a concept that brings together local farmers with local customers. While specific CSAs vary, customers generally sign up for a weekly or biweekly supply of fresh, seasonal and local fruit and veggies, which may be supplemented by other products like eggs, meat, honey, spices, beer or milk. We’ll be picking up our CSA weekly at a chill local bar here in Brooklyn.
Let me preface this by saying that this is entirely based off of my own experiences, and a number of assumptions here will lack the data I would normally want to have back up my arguments, but with a lack of it, I can write only through observation, and what I see is that there is something wrong with our food.
Growing up in New York, no one had gluten allergies, no one was constantly bloated, and no one had to watch what they ate. Some folks had lactose intolerance, but that was about it. Fast forward 20 some odd years, and everywhere you turn someone has some form of food ailment or allergy.
This can’t be normal. In fact this isn’t normal. The moment I leave the US and go to Europe, Asia, Africa, and eat the local food all my dietary ailments end. I eat more, drink more, I lose weight, and don’t get hangovers even though I drink more, and all is good and well, then I come back home to the states and without fail a week later, I’m ill.
So I started thinking, why is that? Am I the only one who has this? Well a few weeks ago a friend was coming back from Europe and she posted on facebook that the same thing happens to her. I then asked a few other friends who travel abroad often, do they have similar reactions, not all of them, but a few do as well.
What is it? Why are we so prone to dietary illness here in the U.S. whereas other developed countries don’t seem to have the same issues? Where does our food come from? How does it get here, is organic really organic, how can we eat well, while keeping costs down, how can we grow things ourselves, indoors, or close to our homes year round. These are just some of the questions I’m planning to uncover as I embark on a this project.
Greener pods is as much an idea, as it will one day be a product, and hopefully a movement. It’s based on the belief that all people should have access to fresh greens and vegetables, and know where they came from, how they were grown, and sourced.
Want more? The pesticides being used in commercial fruit and vegetable farming that are on most grocery store shelves and slated ok to eat are not. It’s explicitly recommended to pregnant women they don’t eat non-organic fruit and vegetables. Why? Because they’re covered in poisons that detrimentally affect the fetus.
There is something wrong with our food, and we need to stop eating all those things that harm us, and tell others to do the same. Stop buying non-organic.