There is a whole ritual that most of us gardeners follow when we acquire seeds. You know the routine.
First, we get the seed catalogs. We look through them, read the descriptions, and dream of a garden at least ten times bigger than what we have.
Next, we make lists of the seeds we want to get.
Then we cut back the lists when we realize that we really shouldn't spend that much on seeds. For that kind of money, we could buy something like a new car or at least pay for a trip to Austin.
Finally we make our real selections and go online and order up our seeds.
I ordered my first batch of seeds a few weeks ago and they arrived last week.
Until I actually start sowing the seeds, I'll keep them in a cool, dry place.
And what's more cool than a new garden trug?
That's my new Sussex garden trug ordered from Walt Nicke's Garden Talk pictured above. It is one of two gifts that I bestowed upon myself for my recent birthday. It's handmade, and the craftsman even signed the bottom of it.
It's beautifully crafted and fits my criteria of a gift I'll have forever, to commemorate entering "my late forties".
Right now it holds my seeds, and has been put in a cool, dry place. But before I know it, it will hold my garden harvest. Tomatoes, beans, squash, peppers, corn and more. I can hardly wait.