Winter into Spring!

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

I took a break, a long winter break from the garden. I worked in the garden every chance that I had from April until November and harvested the last of the herbs for Thanksgiving dinner. I was so happy to share fresh herbs in late November with my friends and family...  and then I was finished for the winter. The cold and snow arrived and for a few short months I watched the garden from inside of the house. Some of my gardener friends mourn the winter loss of their garden but I enjoy the reprieve and feel that this break strengthens my passion for gardening.  When the end of winter comes, I am renewed.

It is now March and I am back to gardening.  In my daughter’s classroom there are large south facing windows that provide a perfect growing space for both young minds and seeds. This winter I planted salad greens and bush green beans for the classroom, thoroughly enjoying the gardening spirit in her teacher. They were all fabulous, the different shades of green and the long green beans waiting to be eaten right there in the classroom! Late in February I ordered Parthenocarpic cucumber seeds from High Mowing Organic Seeds  These are a variety of cucumbers that are seedless and do not require pollination by bees. They have at least four varieties; Picolino F1, Socrates F1, Saber F1and H-19 Little Leaf.  I planted one container for the classroom and one for myself. I agree with Charles Dickens, summer is in the March sun and in my growing cucumbers.