Alton, Mo. – The OutBack Greenhouse is open for business. With perfect temperatures, gardening is the topic many people are talking about. And the greenhouse is the place to refill your plant supply.
The COVID-19 pandemic put a scare into a lot of people. Wanting to protect themselves as well as their families, a garden is a viable alternative. Many people started purchasing plants back in March at the onset of the virus, hoping for a warm spring. That was not the case this year. Although the winter was mild, spring brought a late frost, decimating whatever was above ground in the garden. The customers returned after the frost to purchase additional supplies. This time, all cold weather was finished.
Currently, Ken and Deb Tackitt, the owners of the greenhouse, are working hard to keep up with customer demand. Better Boy Tomatoes are a winner. They also stock other tomato plants, like Rutgers, along with peppers and a variety of other vegetables. The greenhouse does supply flowers; however, this is all they are growing for this season. Looking into the greenhouse, you can see how full it is. Poles are draped throughout the greenhouse holding up hanging plants. “We have no room for expansion,” says Ken. Flowers are abundant, but will surely dwindle as the holiday weekend enfolds.
OutBack Greenhouse is located at 10 County Road 104. From Alton, one will take highway 160 east out of town about seven miles. It is on the right-hand side. They are open Monday through Thursdays after 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday the hours are all day. Closed on Sundays. A contact phone number is either 417-778-6048 or 417-270-7006.