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Spring Has Arrived

Mel BooneWho's ready for spring? I know I am. Warm weather, longer days — no wonder I was so excited to wake up on Monday morning to the official first day of spring. Granted, the temperature here is still going back and forth from warm to cool, but it won't be long now before I can get out and start planting my garden seeds!

Various seed packets

I've never been a person who has been bashful about getting my hands dirty. I love it! Sometimes the dirtier my hands become, the happier I am. I feel like I've worked hard to do something good. Plus, the scent of freshly turned dirt is one of the all-time great smells for me.

I know you have probably heard me say this, but I'll say it again: I live on a postage stamp here in town, owned by someone else. I've got limited space and have to get approval for what I can do with my projects. I try to make do. Thank goodness the guy that owns the property doesn't mind the little space that I use to plant my garden.

This year I will try my hand at raising Snowball White tomatoes — if I can first get the seeds to sprout in my makeshift greenhouse. It's been years since I tried growing them. I bought the seeds from Shumways along with a packet of White Glacial sweet corn and a packet of Luffa sponge. I enjoy trying something new. If it doesn't work out, then I'll try again next year!

I'll still have my usual garden that includes onions, carrots, lettuce, and watermelon. Then there's my flowers. Sunflowers, marigolds, zinnias, along with a "butterfly" mix and a "wildflower" mix. I may not have the greenest of green thumbs, but I enjoy doing it.

Yes, it can be hard work. At the same time, the food that I manage to grow tastes so much better than what I get at the store. Then watching the bees go from flower to flower makes my day more enjoyable and relaxing.