While our gardens are taking their
Long winter’s nap
Most gardeners are dreaming of spring.
The volume of seed catalogs we receive
Only makes us yearn all the more
For those first few days
When we know winter is fading.
Over the last few years
I’ve been filling this void
With indoor seed starting.
Each year I get a bit better at it
But I still have much to learn.
This year I’m improving the light
Available for seed germination and growing.
Thanks to a generous gift of LED lighting
From my friend Jenny
And a Christmas gift of a seed starting station
I have a new found hope
Of even better results.
The first thing up is always cabbage.
Here in zone 7a cabbage plants need to be out
Between February 15 and March 10.
So last week their tiny seeds
Hit the dirt – so to speak!
It felt good to have my hands in soil again
Even if it came from a bag.
I’ll start Italian Parsley and Basil this week for Faith Farm
And a winter lettuce crop for myself
Since the pre-Christmas -20 wind chill
Took out all that was planted in the ground.
I think of gardening as one grand experiment.
Often pushing the limits
Or defying the “rules”.
I’ve accidentally done that this year
With the fact that the last of the spring flowering bulbs
Are just now going into the ground
Taking full advantage
That is the grace of God’s great earth.