Jump starting summer.

February 1, 2015 § 3 Comments


Tomato seedlings.Remember the slap of the jump rope hitting the ground, your cue to run in and jump like heck?

For many things there is a jump-in-moment.

Like now. Here, the noisy flocks of robins are back.

Narcissus are falling over in the front bed, their flowers too heavy for their stems.

Sulphur butterflies are emerging.

And so I know it is time to jump in and start summer.

In case you want to start summer too, this is how to do it.

Burpee seeds.Begin with a mess of seed catalogs. You can pick seeds up locally, but the selection will be modest and you will usually get stuck with varieties someone at Corporate in some faraway city thought you would like.

So. Catalogs.

Perhaps because it was the catalog that always hung over the arm of my dad’s Morris chair (open to tomatoes) I would say that Burpee is the one you must have.

But quantity is important. A pile of paper catalogs is a form of wealth; ask any gardener. And they’re free.

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Courage enough.

May 24, 2013 § 4 Comments

I kneel in our vegetable garden, weeding.

The damp from the sandy soil would soak through the knees of my jeans if they had any, but both are blown.

My own winter-pale knees poke out, easy targets for the fire ants that share this southern garden.

Despite the ants, the jeans and I have been vegetable gardeners for a long time.

As I do every year when spring yields to summer, I am weeding, mulching, disrupting ants with a hand hoe and comparing this to other times in the garden.

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