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The first Crocuses in spring are a signal that our winter ordeal is finally ending.
The first Crocuses in spring are a signal that our winter ordeal is finally ending.
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Steve Boehme

Isn’t it wonderful how spring comes each year, without fail? No exceptions. Somehow the winter months manage to shrink us into shivering, fearful victims and magnify every problem into an overwhelming white-noise of insurmountable obstacles. Just when we feel totally hopeless, helpless and beaten down, a few sunny warm days bring life back into its proper perspective.

Chuckling to themselves at our petty human concerns, yellow crocuses bloom cheerfully around the sycamore tree in our front yard. Lemon Boy, our orange tabby cat (and object of Marjorie’s unreasoning devotion) spends a lot more time outdoors. Crowds of robins appear in the yard, and the grass greens up almost overnight. Time to enjoy gardening again.

Let me share with you one of my favorite pleasures: fluffy dirt. It’s the soft, dark, moist part of your garden where, after years of doing the right things, you can dig deep into the earth with your fingers. Just pull the soil aside and tuck in a young pansy plant or a few snap pea seeds. You can almost hear them sigh with pleasure as you fold the sun-warmed soil around them and pat it softly.

Fluffy dirt is my personal mission in life. Plants breathe through their roots. There’s magic in transforming hard clay into soft, moist, dark garden soil, and then planting something pretty and watching it thrive. Over the years we’ve done this time and time again; our compost piles grow like compound interest and so do our plants.

Spring has incredible power to refresh and rejuvenate us. Growing and taking care of plants is our way of harnessing that awesome natural energy, finding pure pleasure in doing what seemed impossible only a few weeks before. It’s easy to take control because all the forces of nature are on your side. Those of you who garden know this feeling well.

If you’re not sure, not confident, don’t feel in control, let us help you. It’s what we love to do. Growing happy plants comes naturally, like having the wind at our backs, and we want to share the feeling with you. Plants are the world’s oldest investment, and making them grow is easy. They want to grow. You can do it. Catch the wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.

There’s still time to enroll in our “Vegetable Gardening 101” and “Low Maintenance Landscaping” classes, starting March 3rd and 4th. You can get details at these links: http://www.goodseedfarm.com/ArticleVegetable-Gardening-101-Class-2014.htm http://www.goodseedfarm.com/ArticleLandscaping-Classes-Focus-on-Low-Maintenance-2014.htm

To enroll just call us.

Steve Boehme and his wife Marjorie own GoodSeed Nursery & Landscape, located near Winchester, Ohio at 9736 Tri-County Highway. More information is available at www.goodseedfarm.com or call (937) 587-7021.

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