This time of year makes me get antsy to start digging in the dirt. It's cold out, snowy, and windy. Trips to the grocery store yield nothing but mushy, bland, pale tomatoes that have no flavor. Fresh green beans are a thing of the past. Even if you can find corn on the cob, you don't want to eat it. Zucchini and peppers are expensive, and honestly, they aren't worth the money. So what's a garden girl to do?
To start, I ordered my seeds from Baker Creek Seeds (rareseeds.com). This year, I'm starting seeds in the house for transplant to the garden instead of trying to buy plants. For all that I live in such a farm-filled area, finding plants is a challenge. I'm also planting lettuces for the first time this year. I'm drawing diagrams and plotting my flowerbeds and herb garden. All this planning is fun, but I want the real thing. I want mud under my nails, and dirt streaks across my cheeks. I want to feel the sun above me and warm dirt beneath my feet. But....it's January. The best I can do is remember last year's garden and look over some pictures. I'll have the garden dream tonight again, I'm sure.
Until spring, I have these pictures to remind me.