This First Blanket of Snow Signals Spring, Not Winter
Today may feel like the first day of winter. The songbirds left earlier today after so many days filled with sun and warmth here in Chicago. It was so warm this morning, I couldn’t believe the forecast for a big puffy coat of snow.
It doesn’t matter. Spring arrives on March 20th.
The first seed catalog is here and I find myself lovingly touching the pictures. Thinking of what I’m going to choose for the garden at home, and what I want for the shared plots as well. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds‘ catalog makes me want to become a nightshade farmer. I just want lots of space, or a ton more Earthboxes filled with varieties of tomato, eggplant, and peppers.
How can you pass up a tomato named after Paul Robeson? I can’t. Last year’s Cour di bui - hello, it’s shaped like an actual heart of a living being, not the shape we associate with Valentine’s Day, is a magnificent tomato with gravitas and flavor. Then there are those fruit, I mean vegetable, that just looks like a joke from the Creator, just like the platypus it is frequently purple, yep eggplant. This wasn’t even a favorite vegetable before, but they are just so beautiful and the names are so filled of wonder, Kazakhstan, Ping Tung, and Black Beauty…
What, one varietal beckons you to plant it – just based on its lovely description, shape, color, or name?