Is it spring yet?

Here’s the thing about winter. Sometimes it’s snowy, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s cold, sometimes it’s not. But it’s always long. Always. There’s nothing I can do about the fact that the growing season in Northeastern Wisconsin is only about five months long – from the last killing frost in mid- to late May until the first killing frost of the fall in late September or early October.

Truth be told, there’s a part of me each fall that doesn’t mind saying goodbye to my garden. I’ve put in a lot of hard work, I’ve hopefully had a successful gardening summer, and the thought of finally being able to get all the dirt out from under my nails is appealing. The memories will keep me going, I tell myself. Remembering the thrill of baby peas and beans poking their buds out of the ground, tomato plants seemingly growing inches overnight. The smell of fresh dill and pungent onions. Those memories will keep me going through the long, bleak winter, right? Well, yes, until the holidays are over, the decorations are put away and the average high temperature in January and February isn’t even 30 degrees.

My garden might be in hibernation, but I’m still here. Waiting for blue skies. Waiting for the warm-up. Waiting for the local garden centers to carry more than just bird feed and a few lonely flower bulbs. Just waiting.

It’ll get better, I tell myself. It won’t be long before the seed catalogs start arriving and I can start dreaming and planning next summer’s garden. Burpee’s, Jung’s, Park’s, Gurney’s, Johnny’s. Old favorites. New varieties. New takes on old varieties. Soon, I tell myself. They’ll be here real soon.

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  1. I always think February is a hard month, the days may be getting longer but we still have to wait a while before we can really get back into our gardens!

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