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As I look out Upon the blanket of snow that covers the central Rocky Mountains (and my driveway), it appears that winter will never go away. By the end of February, it's cabin fever season around here. The white Christmas we sing for in December, suddenly transforms into a dreaded additional round of shoveling, muddy entry ways, and a longing for warmer temperatures. The good news is that Spring is only a month away, and it will soon be time to plant seeds indoors to prepare for the garden.....and yes, more shoveling as the rich compost from a long winter gets turned into my Spring Garden dirt.
This year, I am planning to plant Bayleaf for protection, Rosemary for love, and many kinds of Basil for prosperity. None of these can survive a Colorado Spring at 7,600ft, so they have to be placed in my southern kitchen window where they make a quick add to recipes for spells - and for cooking dinner.
I'm keeping my options open for my outdoor plot until our local seed swap in March, but pots are being readied for some locally shared surprises. The seed swap was created to perpetuate strong local crops for proven and appropriate plants for my area. If you do not have one, start one. There is no greater resource for successful planting.
Over the next few weeks these plans will develop and my windows will fill with sprouts of protection, love, prosperity...and good cooking!
I'd love to know what magical herbs, flowers, and roots you have chosen this year. Please comment about your own beginnings of your magic garden, and let's inspire each other's choices for our planting zones...and grow magic!