Preparation.

Little bits of green are poking back up through the fallen leaves, the tops of my daffodils planted last fall are starting to show themselves, and yesterday I cleaned out three of my garden beds to make way for new life.

This gardening cycle never ceases to thrill me, a fact, I guess, which is an indicator that I’ve found something I should be doing. :-)

I’ve ordered my seeds for next year, mostly from Baker Creek this time, with a repeat as close as possible to some awesome plum tomatoes that I got from Johnny’s Seeds last year.  Last year these plum tomatoes, Juliet, did an amazing job producing despite the fact that it was a horrible year for growing most things, and especially tomatoes. I never saw hide nor hair (not that tomatoes have hides and hairs, but you catch my drift…) of one kind I planted, and my heirloom Brandywines produced about 6-8 total all summer, only one of which I actually got to eat (not typical for them, and they are one of my absolute favorite tomatoes ever).

Sadly, Johnny’s was sold out of the Juliet’s when I place my order, so I replaced them with a similar, but this time, organic seed for a plum, the Granadero.  I hope they do as well and taste as good! Most of the Juliet’s never got cooked with, as they were so good for snacking on right out of the garden, or sprinkled with a little sea salt.

I’m doing more perennial flowers this year as I want a lower maintenance garden, and next year, when Eli’s bigger, we’ll expand the garden and re-up our quotient of veggies, but since I was wanting to add some beds for cut flowers anyway, it seemed like good timing.

Change is in the air as my belly expands and Eli gets ready to emerge into the world, swelling me and pushing at his boundaries already, even though he still has almost two months left to develop.

It’s considerably warmer this week, though a temporary warmth as I’m sure it will frost again several times before our frost free date the second half of April, and yet the year has turned and it’s time to prepare anew for the growing season.  Did I mention I love this cycle? It feeds my soul somehow. I highly recommend growing something this year, even if you just want to start with some herbs in pots on a window sill.  I dare you to try it and see if it doesn’t feed your soul somehow to grow just even a small part of your food.

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