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April FreemanI’m sad.

My sweet cow Lady is gone, and nothing can be done about that.

However, the same day that she left me, I found a package on the driveway (the UPS guy is scared of my dog!) that gave me just a little bit of cheer.

My seed order arrived!

This is one thing that always makes me happy.

I’m not one of those people who only buys heirloom, organically-produced seeds. I just like to grow things.

Getting my seed packs in the mail tells me that if I can survive another few weeks of chilly weather, I can get my hands in the dirt and plant something.

I ordered from Burpee this year, but last year I ordered from Baker’s Creek. I switched this year because my son wants to grow peanuts, and Burpee has peanuts. However, I will say that Baker’s Creek has much prettier seed packets. The Burpee packages are plain with just text on them. BORING! I've also been picking up seed packets from here and there when I see something that I like. And, I have some leftover from last year too!

Seed Packets 

Now that my seeds are here, I can mentally begin planting my garden. The winter garden in my head is always so much easier to deal with than my real garden. There are very few weeds, and no Japanese Beetles, tomato worms, or cucumber beetles dare to show their faces in my winter garden!

Last year’s garden was the best one ever, so I’m hoping that this year’s will be just as great.

Here’s my list so far:

Bush Green Beans (even the kids are looking forward to eating a big pot of fresh beans for lunch!)

Cherokee Purple Tomatoes (discovered these last year. They are AMAZING!)

Peaches and Cream Sweet Corn

Yukon Gold and Russet Potatoes

Cucumbers for Pickles (No one likes regular cucumbers, but they all love my pickles.)

Lumina Pumpkins (as per my 16 year old daughter’s request)

Giant Gourds (Gourds are always fun!)

Corno di Toro Peppers (I grew the yellow version last year; this year, I’m growing reds)

Anaheim Hot Peppers (for pickles)

Sweet Potatoes

Moon and Stars Watermelons (we love the texture of this heirloom watermelon. They are also beautiful!)

Flowers of all kinds. (One thing that I enjoy doing in my garden is adding in a multitude of flowers and herbs between veggie plants. Basil, Zinnias, Marigolds and Sunflowers are always a huge part of my garden. You should see the butterflies! And it smells divine out there.)

I still have about six weeks to go before I can start digging.

I can’t wait!