We sense it is coming. We can see it in the tiny green sprouts, imagine it in the breeze, hear it as the last of the snow melts on the roof and trickles down the downspouts.
It is Spring.
But just pointing out these little signs of the slowly arriving Spring may not be enough to soothe the winter weary gardener.
May I suggest:
- Shake a packet of pea seeds within ear shot of the gardener. That gentle rattling sound should remind them of a baby's rattle or the beginnings of happy song that starts out slowly and picks up momentum as it continues, just like Spring. The rattling of the seeds distracts, excites, and reminds the gardener that "as soon as the soil can be worked", they can be planting those peas.
- Repeat the phrase "as soon as the soil can be worked", "as soon as the soil can be worked", over and over.
- Give the gardener a copy of the book "Seeds: The Definitive Guide to Growing, History, and Lore" by Peter Loewer (Timber Press, $17.95) to read and study to learn more about seeds.
- Take the gardener to a garden show. The Indiana Flower and Patio Show starts March 13th! The new Indiana Home and Flower show is this coming weekend, March 5 - 7.
- Buy the gardener a new hoe. For no reason, just because she survived another winter.
That's how you should soothe the winter weary gardener.
(Do not under any circumstances shout "Look, there's a crocus!" if there is no crocus blooming, unless you have a packet of seeds to shake to calm the gardener down again.)
(Don't forget to leave a comment on the giveaway post to enter to win six packets of seeds from Nature's Crossroads and a Cobrahead hand weeder/cultivator. Deadline is Sunday, February 28th at 9:00 pm EST.)