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
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
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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