>> Thursday, April 14, 2011
Of all the things I look forward to with the coming of spring — like baseball, outdoor patios and longer days — gardening is what keeps my mind rooted in warmer temperatures while the thermostat struggles to climb.
The first of several seed catalogs landed on my desk only a few weeks into the New Year. Since then, I’ve been poring over it, concocting a “fantasy garden” of exotic peppers, unique squashes and heirloom tomatoes. I’ve made lists of new seed varieties and scribbled notes onto a legal pad, the beginnings of an annual garden journal. Truthfully, the whole process seems better suited for gridiron sports than backyard greenthumbery, but it helps to know now what you want to plant later.