This year Santa got me a Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalogue for Christmas. Since then I’ve gone overboard with my seed dreaming. I have started following their Instagram (@bakercreekseeds) which has led me down a rabbit hole of amazing heirloom seed companies.
I’m starting my plant list and garden plan. My reading is being taken over by my garden dreaming. But in all this fantasizing, I wish that I had done a garden journal last year. I don’t remember the type of beans I planted that took over my garden. I don’t remember exactly where my cucumbers were planted so that I can rotate. And the list goes on.
I would love to commit to a garden journal this year, but I know my tendency to leave giant journalling gaps. My perfectionist self says that maybe it’s better to not start.
Currently we have about 5 inches of snow. While I am still trudging through my remaining days work, I have been daydreaming about the summer, especially my garden.
Then last week, out of the blue, there was an advertisement for Master Gardener courses at a nearby community college. I have a secret fantasy of becoming a Master Gardener and hanging out with other plant geeks. And here it was, offered on afternoons that I actually have available for a reasonable price. It really seemed too good to be true. My husband was very encouraging and after some second guessing, and doubts because of my level of experience, I applied. Now I eagerly wait to hear back.
For those who don’t know, Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who advise and educate the public on gardening and horticulture in conjunction with university extension offices. The first Master Gardener program was offered in 1973 by Dr. David Gibby with Washington State University. It has since spread to all 50 states and Canadian provinces as well.
If you want to read more about the origins of Master Gardener Program you can go here: https://web.archive.org/web/20100531193151/http://ferry.wsu.edu/gardening/MasterGardenerProgramHistory.pdf
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