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What a birthday present

By Penny Stine

I blame it on the basil. I have it growing in three of my pots on the deck, along with a very healthy rosemary plant. I can't stand the idea of just letting them freeze, so I decided I'd bring them inside before the first freeze.

Then I noticed there was a little bit of room in the pot for something else, so I remembered I had some lettuce seeds. I figured I'd grow salad greens in the house this winter in my sunny, southern-facing window.

Then I got on the Park Seed catalog website to order spinach seeds so I could plant them in November and I saw a hybrid cucumber that didn't need bees for pollination. The cuke was also supposed to do well in cooler temperatures, which is an apt description for my living room in the winter. Since I'm going to try to grow lettuce and cucumbers indoors this winter, I thought I should buy some pea seeds. Pea vines would look cool climbing up my plant shelf and they, too, would appreciate the balmy 62 degrees that I keep my house.

So I ordered a few seeds from Park Seed. They came on my birthday, which made me happy, but I must have checked on the wrong box because instead of getting a packet of pea seeds, I got five packets of peas.

My plant shelf isn't that big.

While I was on the web site, I saw a beet that only required 30 days and that could be planted up to two weeks before the first frost. Since I believe in living dangerously, I bought those, too, and planted beets on my birthday in my sunniest little bed right here. Maybe we've got two weeks until it freezes. This bed used to hold cucumbers and green beans. They were tired and done, so I pulled them out, added a wheelbarrow of compost to the bed, dug it all in and planted beets. 

Oh, happy birthday!

I don't think I'm going to start my winter indoor garden until November. I may plant lettuce in the pots with basil and rosemary after I bring them inside, but I think I need to take at least a week or two off.  


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