34th Street K Mart: For Plants

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This came in early this week and we can't remember who sent it. Please let us know. It's a good tip off for that unlikely but often surprising resource right in the heart of the city: K Mart.

A good place for low-budget starting gardeners is the plant center at the 34th Street K Mart. Obviously, there are no frills but you will find a decent, changing selection of plants you probably cannot kill.

With my brown-thumb record, I limited myself to the wide selection of $2.99 plants and almost a year later, I have a beautiful collection of almost 30 healthy plants. Latest scores: a gorgeous stag fern that I saw for $30 elsewhere (K Mart: $2.99) and a tabletop ficus tree ($35 elsewhere, $8.00 K Mart.)

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