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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
It’s nearly spring and those gorgeous full-color seed and plant catalogs are showing up in the mail again. Dazzling sunflowers! Juicy red tomatoes!
I read them like I do science fiction, a few pages in and I say to myself, “Well, that’s never going to happen in the world I know.”
You see my yard is surrounded by large trees and a couple of hours of sun is the most any place on the property gets. So my world consists of lots of green shade plants (mostly hostas until the deer get them) and a few pathetic flowers and herbs planted in moments of blind spring optimism, a sad leggy sight by summer.
This year I see something new in the catalogs: lots and lots of full-sun plant varieties re-created for pot planting.
A new “deck hybrid” sweet corn bred to grow in a 24-inch container! Microgreens of beets, kohlrabi, broccoli, Chinese cabbage and radish ready for cutting when 1-inch high. Even “elf” dwarf sunflowers.
So here’s how I daydream the 2013 season: plant seeds in containers on wheels, get up at daybreak with the birds and push them into the backyard sunny area , then wheel them round to the now-brilliant side yard until about 4 p.m. when I hope to catch a few more rays by rolling them to the front curb. Repeat daily. Result: luxurious sun-lovin’ flowers and produce.
Do I think really I am going to do this? Or is this just more science fiction?
You never know … it just could happen in my world yet.
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