Garden Giddy

| 1/15/2015 3:47:00 PM

Annie MillerYes, I said giddy! Because that is how excited I get when I think of spring, planting seeds and warm weather. Of course, we are a ways off from that, but the seed catalogs are coming in and we are starting to make our garden plans.

We bought our first home about a year and a half ago. Last spring was our first one here and we “started from scratch” with our gardens. Our previous homes were rentals, and we had limited options so having our own land to work and experiment with was a dream come true.

We actually live right next door to a local greenhouse and although the owner carries a wonderful variety of the herbs, I was looking for some that he didn’t carry. By the time I realized he wasn’t going to be getting those in, it was too late to order. So this year, I am getting ready early to place my seed orders.

Pine Tree Seeds Catalog 

I am particularly fond of herbs. Pine Tree Seeds has a super selection of the herbs that I am looking for. It is a company based out of Maine, my home state. I am sure there are many other great companies out there, too.

My list includes herbs such as comfrey, calendula and cutting celery. I use these herbs medicinally as well as for culinary purposes. I really don’t like the texture of raw celery although I do enjoy the flavor. The cutting celery looks somewhat like parsley and cilantro, but it has all the flavor of the vegetable without the crunch. It is great in soups, stews, and in your raw dishes and salads as well.