It’s been winter for quite awhile here in New England and it’s easy to go stir crazy with the cold, gray days. We all need something positive to look forward to – to dream about. This is the time of year to plan the garden. Visions of little bright green seedlings, rain showers, rainbows, fragrant blooms and buzzing bees can make anyone happy – well, unless you have allergies………or you hate plants. If you do, then this blog post is not for you (or maybe I will change your mind)!
Many avid gardeners and seed starters are already waist deep into this magical part of the year – mail order seeds have arrived, been planted and many have begun to germinate and grow. Such impressive planning goes into seed selection and indoor sowing, but I am not that organized. I practice what I like to call, ‘lazy gardening’. But, hey, it’s still gives me something to dream about.
Let’s be honest, when you put in all the work to plan, plant, water, weed and care for your plants, you expect something of equal value out of it…..a big green pepper, a bright red strawberry, a fragrant bouquet or a round head of red cabbage. Whatever you plan to grow, the love and care you put into it is what you get out of it. Sowing seeds early and indoors means an earlier harvest. Waiting for outdoor sowing means a later harvest. But, this doesn’t mean it’s better or worse to start your seeds indoors. It’s all about what makes you happy. So, go ahead and dream.
Here are some places to find inspiration, motivation and smiles:
Plants are living things and you can’t just ‘fix it and forget it’. Besides, part of the love affair with growing your own plants is in the wonder of what they will become. So go ahead and check on them daily to tend to their needs, water them and make sure they are getting enough light and fresh air and maybe sing the occasional song to them. (hey, you never know!?) Go get some inspiration from these sites and start yourself a little folder, journal or Pinterest board to help get you out of the gray, winter doldrums. Or cut photos out of magazines and create a garden vision board!
Until Spring comes, we dream and we plan. XOXO