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Signs of spring.


You are a sight for sore eyes!

We can almost see the growth, right before our eyes. I’m sure that this wasn’t here yesterday, as we made our daily rounds…

Other spring news: The sand hill cranes have arrived and a flock of robins has been working hard on combing our neighbors lawn.  Spring is here!

And what signs of Spring surround you, friends?

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New beginnings always feel good to me, especially when they involve planting seeds.  We started out a little later than other years.  Finally giving in to the filling of the fuel tank and the official turn on of “night heat”.  Luckily, the days are warm and long, and the heater quiets not long after the sun lifts from behind the mountains.

The trays are slowly filling.

There is already a descent sized stack of empty seed packets.

The trays are now studded with tiny gems; specks of hope:  artichoke, celeriac, petunia, impatiens…

The list is long, but I always like to think of how much longer it could be if I really let my seed buying get away with me!

And, of course, my dearest little helpers are with me each step of the way.

Checking the temperature, sprinkling these trays ever so gently with water…

And lets not forget the soil.  Any type of digging and movement of soil must be done accordingly with the “right” equipment.

I am very thankful to have an assistant with so much knowledge on these things.

And so we begin, friends and fellow growers. 

Another year of soil and seeds, transplanting and selling.

The pull of the momentum, the lengthening of days and shortening of nights.

The beauty we create has begun to grow.


Half and half.

Half and half .

Half day, half night.

Jackets wide open.

Half sun, half moon.

Morning dull grey.

Half warm, half cold.

Sky cloudy blue.

Half snow, half melt.

Soil, thick mud.

Half asleep, half awake.

Standing up tall.

Half today, half tonight.

Sun at our side.

Half and half (or nearly so).

Welcome, First Day of Spring. We are ready.

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Red wing blackbirds

There is a sound for every season.  In spring, there is a sound to me that brings both calm and refreshment.

When I hear the stirring of the Red-winged Blackbirds, I feel lightness.  Light in the sky, light in the air, light in my heart. It coaxes me out, brings a pause as I watch the dark shadows with bright shoulder patches moving erratically and in sync.

The sweet trilling mixes and mingles with the feeling of dirt in my hands, tiny seeds dropping from my fingers, tiny fingers working alongside me.  Then it fades to a gentle background melody.

 The melody of freshness, the harmony of learning as a mother, the gentle tune of my spring.

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As we creep from under the quilts, a few things that stand out:

1. Robins in our trees.

2. Drips from the eaves.

3.  Mini trampoline’s.

4.  Stories, read aloud. (We’re thankful that our winter is not as “Long” as Laura’s)

5.  Bogs. (boots and otherwise)

6.  Closeness before the wide-openness.

7. Warm sun on our faces.

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To do: Order seeds.

This item of business, ordering seeds, always seems to hover near the top of my to do list. Order seeds, many of them, of course.

Many an hour is spent reading the various catalogs, writing notes, choosing varieties for market and also for personal gardening. How quickly that list of “oh, I must have this” for the garden grows and grows….

But, before I jump into that long, ever changing list of seeds that I have and still plan on ordering…let me tell you about one of my favorite seed companies.

Seeds Trust:

This small, family run business is always inspiring me.  Run by a tight-knit family, their business speaks to me for many reasons.  Let me count thy ways:

  • They promote sustainability in all aspects of their company.
  • They tell the story of their seeds, not just sell them.
  • The varieties they stock keep me coming back year after year. My customers would agree.
  • They have experimental gardens, at high altitude, to really check the growth of the varieties they offer.
  • They are a great source for unusual and also native species.
  • If you call, they actually answer the phone and your questions.
  • Their prices are affordable.

Let me be sure to mention, that they are an online catalog.  I think that many years ago, I may have received a paper catalog, but that was quite some time ago.

Be sure to check out these varieties: this one and this one .  They are two of my long time favorites.

So, be off, my fellow growers.  Go, scroll the pages, and enjoy the abundance of information and quality seeds that await you at Seeds Trust.