A couple months ago Marianne was raving about some pole bean you and her really liked. Something about it never really getting overmature? The Borlotto Pole Beans sounds familiar, was that what she was talking about? I usually just buy all of my vegetables from Johnny’s, because they have a really good catalogue for beginners. They give a lot of information on how to grow things, and what the differences are between the varieties. For those of us who need hand-holding, it’s really good. However, I was quite disappointed this year. They seem to have cut back on their selection of vegetables, and branched out more into the herb/flower/gardening supplies. Considering the had the highest price I’ve seen yet for Wall O’ Waters, I wish it had just stuck to the vegetables. Thankfully, it has’t discontinued any my regulars, except for Laura Leek, but I found that on their website. Anyway, I’ve decided to at least look at other seed catalogues for vegetables this year.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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