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Gardening in America
eedlings Bench 2010

Winter Ain't 4-evah
"Oh your back porch is so pretty!"  Exclaimed our two and 1/2  year old, who speaks as well as a Philadelphia lawyer, as the saying goes.  She threw her arms open wide as if she wanted to embrace the large plants growing there.
Totally enamored with the lush growth of my giant houseplants, or summer patio plants, which ever, this child gave me such a thrill with her appreciation for my growing things.  Could this have come from the lineage of her ancestors, who were farmers, extraordinaire?
Her sweet, innocent comment got me to thinking, and with that I plowed into the tropical forest.  Trimming, cutting back, moving less productive plants out, grouping them together more tightly gave me a cleaned off bench for planting seedlings. 
Now this sounds like not much of an accomplishment, but when one realizes how much I've just saved by not having an addition built to house them,  and for a work bench the savings go all the way up. 

The bench is there, at waist height, just needed to be cleared of smaller plants.  Combined together they will do just fine.   Lined up on the bench are the pots filled with potting soil.  Now all I need are some tomato, cabbage, broccoli seeds.  Onions are already growing out there and that is so nice.  A snip off the tops go in soups so well, and are great to sprinkle on this and that for garnish.  Growing my own plants will save a bit, too, always does.  I plan to put out some sage seeds. The sage is so nice for our Native American celebrations. 
Planning ahead for the season is a trick as crafty as Poor Richard used in his almanac,  for industry and frugality (was that Ben Franklin?) <smile>

Too, if we're busy thinking about the Forsythia, daffodiles, Japonica we're not so bothered with being shut inside, or the snow, or the winter blahs.

Note: A picture of a Seedlings bench can be found at

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