My heart goes all a twitter when I see the Farmer in action, "kicking up a stink" with my birthday present! It is just poetry in motion! Now if the wind just blows from the North, all will be right with the world. This is the time that we plan for the new season. We ponder over the new seed catalogs that are starting to arrive, decide where and what we are going to plant, as we have to be careful not to plant certain plants where others were. We are going to be adventurous and try different fruits and vegetables, like sun chokes, fennel, pomogranates. We have chosen a new philosophy, if it grows, it grows, if it doesn't, plow it under and try something else. We figure if raspberries and rubharb will grow here, we will give anything a whirl at least once. I am standing on my band box telling all to prepare now for a garden next year. We may have the whole world mad at us for talking behind their backs and saying tacky things, and they all may cut us off! No more produce from China, or wheat from Russia, I am not sure what we get from Viet Nam, but there is probably something. They have cut off most of the water in California so we can scratch them off as a food source, and now the Texas groundwater commission wants all of the farmers to put a meter on their own wells and pay for their own water. It is only a matter of time when they no longer can afford to farm. But we can sure put in a super duper water park that uses thousands of gallons of water, without a moments hesitation. Or build a gas station or parking lot over precious farmland under the guise of free enterprise! Not to mention the government wanting to know what you are growing in your own back yard, and what you are doing with it ! Whew, I got that out of my system, I feel much better, thank you ..... Find a little spot in the corner of your yard that gets some sunshine and start to prepare the soil. Planting time will be here sooner that you think. As the time gets closer I will give you some pointers as to what has worked for us, concerning what and when to plant. From our farmstead to your table, thank you for all of your support!