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It’s February and your thoughts should be turning to spring planting. We have already received five seed catalogs at our house. It is such fun to browse through them and plan for new items in the garden.

I hear that the economy is bad, but I wouldn’t know, as mine is always the same, and our garden helps a lot. We usually buy plants, but this year we are going to plant seeds that I saved. I have accumulated a lot of small containers from pudding cups and individual applesauce cups.

It does not have to be a large garden. Small helps too. When I was a youngster (a long time ago) during World War II, president Roosevelt asked people to plant “victory gardens.” That way we would have fresh vegetables. All the commonly grown fruits and vegetables went to our servicemen and women. We were doing our part to help.

We lived in a city, so we had a small yard. My dad took a small back corner and dug it by hand--no plow or rototillers back then. Raw tomato plants, pepper plants, radishes and onions were a huge help, just as our garden is now. It is great to always have potatoes and onions on hand. Peppers and tomatoes in the freezer taste as good in a pot of chili and, oh yes, you add your own onions to the pot also.

If you don’t have much room, plant something in pots on your porch, like onions or a tomato plant. Hanging baskets can also yield some fresh veggies. Where there is a will, there is a way. So get out some seed catalogs and dare to dream of fresh produce. I can taste it already. Good luck.

My thought for the month: Spring will be here sooner then you think, if you just hang in there.

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