Good thing the holidays are around to fill in the blanks between the end of the real garden season and the beginning of the imaginary garden season. For us sad gardeners in Zone 5 who can’t safely plant anything until May 15 or later (we go for Memorial Day weekend, just to be safe) the Garden Porn really keeps us going.
I was developing a 2010 publication calendar and realized that our friends in Zones 7-9 can actually begin their indoor starts the first week in January since their frost date is March 1. I admit – I was a bit jealous. OK, very jealous.
[My work recently wanted me to move to Dallas from Chicago. We said no for many reasons... the only lingering maybe was that it is Zone 8... that means more gardening time... hmmm... luckily financial considerations won out so we're staying put in Chicago with our fabulous organic garden here but it was tempting...]
But, back to the Garden Porn…
Having recently gotten into Twitter, I quickly realized what the social networking gurus mean when they talk about “ambient community”. When I saw so many other gardeners as excited as I am about the seed catalog arrival I felt a web of kinship across the snowy country. There are so many of us leafing through catalogs and dreaming of vegetables to come, pondering heirloom vs. hybrid and wondering just how much we can squeeze into our garden spaces. What a cool feeling!
So here I am with some long desired down time and nine catalogues awaiting my perusal. Some are old favorites and some I don’t remember ordering (the ONLY time I am happy to be put on a mailing list without my permission)… The 2010 garden season begins NOW with the fantasizing… the garden sketches, excel spreadsheets, emails about seed sharing, etc. come later but for now The Yarden is full of beautiful, prolific and healthy things I’ve never imagined growing before interspersed with the things I can’t imagine not growing (Jeanne Flamme tomatoes anyone?). And the really cool thing is – as the “ambient community” of gardeners out there who are dreaming along with me already know – that when it comes to gardens, dreams can and do come true.
Here’s to a green and growing 2010!
PS In case you were wondering: The Cooks Garden, Irish Eyes, Burpee, Baker Creek, Jung, Wood Prairie Farm, Select Seeds, Johnny’s, Territorial, Seeds of Change