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Spring Fever In January

Mike ThayerBy Mike Thayer

So my girlfriend Cindy and I went through the seed catalogs and our seed stash yesterday, it's only January but boy are we ready for spring and playing in the dirt (not to be confused with mud wrestling, although the thought did obviously cross my mind.....).

Starting seeds in eggshellsAs Cindy thumbed through Burpee's, Gurney's and a couple of other catalogs, I took stock of the seeds on hand and getting some packets organized for pre-planting.  Cindy has a nice set-up in her basement, trays, shelving, lighting, the whole bit.  I've never had the luxury and I'm really looking forward to that.  It means far less time spent starter plant buying and more time in the garden!  Something new we're going to try - starting some seeds in egg shells, an idea I found online and have been wanting to try.  I'm a huge user of putting crushed egg shells in the garden, as they add calcium and rid the garden of slug/snail infestation.  I'll blog about the egg shell seed-starter experiment with a play-by-play and let you know how that goes.

A variety of tomatoes were ordered from the catalogs, to include a hearty beefsteak we've never tried.  I just love being able to cover that perfect sandwich bread with a juicy tomato that's big enough to do it with just one slice.  None of that three slices from a medium tomato falling out of the sandwich for me!  Along with the tomato order, a nice selection of flowers were ordered as well and it won't be long before stores start putting spring bulbs on display.  Cindy has some tulips and daffodils in the ground that will look great in the spring, but there's a need for some summer blooming varieties in the beds.  Between the catalogs and what the stores put on shelves, I'm sure we'll find what we're looking for.

Cindy and I both love to garden, it's a simple pleasure for me, from creating veggie or flower beds, to planting, to weeding, to the harvest.  I'm into it all, from start to finish. For Cindy, while she loves being able to just go out in the backyard and pick fresh produce for dinner (it doesn't get any fresher!), she's really into it because she loves to can even more.  She makes a fantastic salsa!   And yes, I'll post the recipe.

Well, it's time to go buy some potting soil!



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