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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Time To Be Rearranging

With a winter chill in the air, it’s a perfect time to think ‘rearranging’. However, Richard Price’s words remind me on this first 2012 posting that “Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet. It's enough to make you lose your mind day by day.” So rather than rearrange too many words today, here’s a simple tip about getting yourself in order for the upcoming planting season. Rearrange your seed drawer! Seeds kicking around the shed or basement, although dear to us, may not be good for another season. It’s like those cans that spin around in the lazy Susan way past its expiration date.

So while the colorful seed catalogs start to fill our garden in-box, allow the deep chilling days of January to fall under the word, ‘assessment’. First priority – rearrange that seed drawer. Whether you want to hold onto those packets for another year is entirely up to you but if you want a high yield rate, it’s best to start fresh. So thin out the herd a bit. There are nifty charts or expiration dates on the packet that spell out the ‘sell by date’ but if you want each seed to come through for you, start the New Year with a clean slate.

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