It’s early January and there’s hardly any snow on the ground. Yesterday we had a light coating of snow – it will probably all melt today. Did I say it was January? And did I tell you I live in Maine? Not having at least 10 inches of snow at this time of year is rare, but it’s not uncommon. But when most folks hear Maine they immediately think “&%!*cold”. Yes, it gets cold, but it doesn’t get THAT cold, at least not if you live close to the coast. I experienced a Minnesota winter. Now THAT is cold. In Minnesota the inside of my nostrils froze constantly. In coastal Maine it only happens every once in a while.
As I look at my dormant flower bed I see three green shoots sprawled about. I believe they may be garlic but I’m not 100% sure. I try with all my might to dig one of them up. Nothing. We may not have snow on the ground, but the earth is frozen. I’m so disappointed at this. I REALLY want to know what that this “thing” is. I even try to grab a shovel to dig it up. No such luck. Maybe it was because I used my son’s Go Diego plastic hand shovel. So, I get on my hands and knees and smell it. I have a suspicion, but must do one last thing. I rub the shoots in my fingers. Oh yeah, it’s garlic. But is there a bulb down in the ground? Unfortunately, I must wait until spring.
Although winter has yet to make its wrath upon us Mainer’s (I should say “flatlander” as I wasn’t born here and not worthy of the title) I anxiously await spring. And what got me even more excited was the Johnny Seeds catalog I received in the mail today. Looking at the fruits and veggies, the vibrant colors, warms me instantly. All the tomatoes, beans, carrots, greens to choose from! And the varieties of peppers! My husband and I had such an awesome harvest of chile and thai peppers this past summer. Hurry spring!
However, I must wait patiently. A few more months of winter. A few more months of stoking the wood stove. A few more months of snuggling under the covers. It also means a few more months of planning the garden. A few more months of deciding what to plant. A few more months of flipping through the Johnny Seeds catalog, and the dozen others I’ll receive in the mail over the coming weeks.
I can wait patiently…