One of my favorite times of the year arrived this week! In the wee hours of Monday morning, we began pouring over our 2017 seed catalog (We order our seeds and transplants from The Seed Savers Exchange, based in Iowa.) and envisioning what it is we want our garden to look like this year. Now that the girls are older, they too have taken on an added interest in this task and our day was filled with talk of which herbs would grow best inside their cinder block garden boarder, and whether or not we want to skip growing cucumbers again this summer. (My girls no longer eat pickles. Say what?!?)
We normally peruse the seed catalogs in February because this seems to be an especially difficult month to get through for us. So dark. So very cold. This year, however, proved to be a bit strange in that this particular February day was unseasonably balmy. So, we packed up our seed-browsing-paraphenalia and headed to the backyard. There we started a nice fire and continued our quest for garden goodness outdoors, well into the evening. Such an incredibly nice treat.
Just as we were nestling in for the night yesterday evening, there was a knock on our front door. There stood our mailman with a small box tucked under his arm…Our 2013 seeds had arrived.
So, our dinner table found itself scattered with those many seed packages, and tiny hands eager to sort them by vegetable, color and shape. We had such fun, we completely forgot about the steady snow falling silently outside our window. Spring is on the horizon.
My youngest daughter’s Valentine idea yesterday led me to another idea I could use for my oldest daughter’s Valentines. I used a similar play on words, changed sew to sow, and voila…2013 Valentines are done. Here’s how to do it…
Step 1: Cut a length of ribbon that will fit around your chosen seed pack. (I gave myself an extra inch.)
Step 2: Put a dot of hot glue on one end of the ribbon and attach it to the seed pack. Then use another dot of hot glue to attach the other end of the ribbon to itself. (This way the seed pack won’t slip out of the ribbon.)
Step 3: Print your text I’m “SOW” happy you are my Valentine! onto these labels.
Step 5: Place one label on the seed pack, over the seam of the ribbon.
And that’s it!
This morning I feel a bit remiss because as I peer out my kitchen window I find a fairly hefty amount of snow fell overnight. The garden that was showings signs of early spring just yesterday is now covered with a thick layer of snow and the earth is hardened once again by the cold temperatures. Even though we have had a very mild winter, the need to delve into the soil and plant something is seeping into my veins.
I often find myself feeling this way on these cold February mornings and I think today I have come up with a temporary solution for my need to plant something, anything.
The girls and I grab a few Mason jars and go to work. We will sprout some seeds this morning! You can purchase sprouting seeds at just about any garden center and all it takes are those seeds, cheese cloth, a Mason jar and water.
Simply follow the directions on the back of the seed package and in about 4 days you will have lovely little sprouts to add to salads, stir fries or smoothies.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend filled with fun and family! Enjoy!