Home gardeners have just a few days left to spring into action and participate in the fifth annual Vegetable and Herb Plant Sale presented by the Friends of the Grandview Library.

"The veggie and herb sale has become a really successful event for us," said Tracy Garrett, a member of the Friends membership committee. "It's become one of main ways we raise funds to help support the programs and activities at the library."

With more people becoming interested in growing produce at home, "we started the sale as an alternative fundraiser, something that was a little different from the usual book and video sales," she said.

The order deadline is Sunday, April 9.

This year, the Friends of the Grandview Library are offering a selection of 19 vegetables, two greens and 17 herbs.

"We always sell a lot of basil and mint and a awful lot of tomatoes," Garrett said. "The different varieties of peppers are also always popular."

New items for this year's sale include Chamomile, a herb often used in teas, and chocolate sprinkles, which are black cherry tomatoes that have a robust flavor, she said.

The cost for all vegetables and herbs remains $3.75 per plant or 10 plants for $35.

All orders require prepayment. Order forms are available at the library's website, ghpl.org.

The group sold more than 800 plants last year, Garrett said.

The vegetable and herb sale has become well-established in the community, said Laura Fitch, a member of sale committee.

"People know spring is here when the sale comes around," she said. "We see a lot of repeat customers now who always buy their favorites."

The sale includes a number of plants ideal for small gardens and patio spaces, Fitch said.

"You don't have to have a lot of land or a huge space to do some gardening at home," she said.

Order forms with payment can be mailed to the Friends of the Grandview Library, 1685 W. First Ave., Columbus 43212 or dropped off at the library's circulation desk. The order form includes a list of the herbs and vegetables for sale.

Orders can be picked up from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at 1263 Oakland Avenue (just north of the library.)

Grandview and Marble Cliff customers can also arrange to have their plants delivered for a $5 fee, Garrett said.

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