Monday, February 14, 2011

Starting to plan the garden...

It's that time of year...we're getting tired of the cold and we can see little snippets of warm weather that definitely has me dreaming of spring!!!  Today is Valentine's Day and my youngest daughter and I are going to start some flower seedlings indoors under lights.  We have a tradition in my house to make heart-shaped pizzas and have a few chocolates, but other than that, I'd rather have flowers in the garden than overpriced ones that will die in a few's just me!  We try not to buy into the ridiculous commercialism...we love Valentine's Day and we all love each other, but we do not appreciate the expense or hype just to tell someone you love them.  My husband and I got breakfast in bed from our kids with some heart-felt crafts they made this morning.  They can't sell that in stores!!!

So my youngest daughter (age 9) is my little gardener and loves to pick and grow and plant with me.  We have a splendid time and she is great at preserving seeds for the next year.  We have both been leafing through our seed catalogs which, by the way, are now about three times as much as the picture I took.  If you're looking for a great catalog that is committed to saving seeds and preserving heirloom varieties, my very favorite is the Seed Savers Exchange.  They have beautiful plants and are highly committed to preserving our food and flower heritage of the past.  As you can see by the cover in my picture, it is a stunning catalog.  It's nice to see that many growers are becoming more interested in non-genetically mutated, non-pesticide tested, pure heirloom seeds.  Thank you very much. 

This was just a quick post, but I'll keep you updated with pics with our indoor seedlings and such.  It's still a little early yet for our veggie seeds, but soon I will be starting tomatoes!  For my friends on the other side of the world that are enjoying summer...I'm sooooo jealous!!!  We'll be there soon, I suppose and everything in its own time!  But until then, I'm dreaming of my summer garden!!! MMMMMMMM...fresh zucchini...I'm not sure how much longer I can last!!!  Hahahaha!

Blessings to you and happy planning and dreaming!

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