A blanket of snow has painted the landscape with a monochromatic pallet, making the outdoors appear calm and serene…a perfect winter scene. But step inside just about any store these days and you’ll find a riot of color at the seed displays that pop out between main aisles. Pictured on the packages are images of yummy vegetables, beautiful flowers, and aromatic herbs. It makes the senses reel with delight.
It’s a bit early for serious seed-starting for the average home gardener, but winter-weary people (and even winter lovers like me) find it hard to resist the temptation of buying ‘just a few’ packages for fun. Serious gardeners and market growers are already planning their 2013 season and many, like Mendy Sellman and Toni Norwood have told me that they’ve already ordered seeds. There’s something comforting in that fact, that farmers are planning another season of feeding the masses, that we’ll have locally grown fresh food available again come summer.
I don’t think on such a grand scale. For now, a bit of green growing in my kitchen window with a backdrop of snowy fields and woods is enough to satisfy my need for seed. I chose a few herb packs to have fresh to cook with and headed back home. For my big herb garden I rely on buying plants from NorthSide Farmers Market vendors like Toni and Brenda Kocher, but a few clay pots of leafy parsley on the kitchen windowsill in the heart of winter are the smile-makers that this gal needs.
Marcheta *smiley faced gal