February in New England can be a hard month to wade through. Seed ordering and seed packet receiving frenzy is long past. Planning of planting is done. Now its just waiting for time to pass for the moment that indoor started seed can be planted. As of today Friday the 27th of Feb, the most I can plant is some herbs and eggplants that I want pamper well past the flea beetle stage.
At the moment, there is nothing more to start indoors. The snow still sits on the garden, can’t even really clean up because there is too much snow pack.
Parts of the yard are melting into a dank gooey mess that the duck and chickens love to foul even further.
Having lived here more than a decade (and growing up a good part in the frigid midwest), I knew that planting seeds like a mesclun mix for use long before the sun warms the garden would be crucial.
When I feel especially doldrumish, I hover over my mesclun greens, marvel at their complex beauty, nibble a few to see how they taste and to dream about the green summer to come.