Some time around when I started this blog, I set up a Google News Alert that searches on the terms “novice gardening.” Some days, it provides me the world’s most interesting compost. Often, I get news of small events in random counties in New Jersey, or articles wholly related to gardening, but that just happen to have the words “novice” and “gardening” somewhere in the piece. (“The Life Span of Novice Skateboarders” by Gardener Smith, for example.)
(OK. You can stop Googling for that article now. I MADE IT UP.)
I rarely actually click through to any of these fine articles. Most days, the Google News Alert is relegated nearly instantly to the Deleted Mail file. But today’s sole link caught my eye. The article, “Starting Plants From Seed is Wonderfully Fulfilling,” appeared in the Hollister (Calif.) Free Lance today and, thanks to the miracle that is Google, landed in my inbox.
I’ve been considering the quandary of what to do with the upcoming garden plot, and have been poring over the SeedSavers catalog with something akin to delight. But planting seeds is a daunting prospect. What if they don’t come up? What if I plant them to early and the damn seedlings freeze to death? What if I plant them too late and they are burned in infancy?
My God. THE RESPONSIBILITY.
So, while other garden bloggers have been ordering seeds willy-nilly and posting lovely pictures of piles and piles of seed envelopes, I’ve been worrying the pages of the SeedSavers catalog between my fingers and muttering to Steve about how we really should have a Serious and Important Discussion about what we’re going to plant this year. Actual action? Well, not so far.
The article seemed like a fortuitous piece. Perhaps this would have the answers I have been seeking.
I should have known better than to even click.
Stay tuned…part two of this post will arrive just in time for your Thursday reading pleasure.