The other day, Ryan came home with two big bags of wildflower seeds. Snow flurries might still be dancing in the air, but we are getting ready for spring, my friend. That means, we are sketching out our garden plans and having the annual heated discussions about winter squash and the like.
Two years ago, our garden was enormous. It was our first year and we were overly enthusiastic. How were we supposed to know that although it’s extremely easy to plant a teenie-tiny seed in a teenie-tiny cup, those seeds will grow up into 96 tomato plants – all hopeful and trusting – and they all have to go somewhere? How were we supposed to know that once you raise a plant from seed you have such a deep relationship that you can’t not plant it? How were we supposed to know that 96 tomato plants make a lot of tomatoes? Ahem. Needless to say, it was way too big for me to handle.
So last year, we scaled back and settled on a huge garden instead. But alas, my inner-prairie woman did not rise to the occasion. There was just something a tad overwhelming about 47 bean bushes. We’re older and wiser this year, and are hoping to hit the sweet spot and have a nice, little garden. (We’ll let you know how well we control ourselves.)
It all starts here: in this little aluminum tin. We saved some seeds from last year and are testing to see who made it through the winter. We did a little dance the day we saw a few sprouts busting through the soil. Amazing! Seed-saving actually works. Just look at those little shoots comin’ up. Now all we have to do is take a deep breath and plant a few – just a few – of the others.
How are your garden plans coming along?
Enjoy your home,