CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The notion of heirloom seeds can be intimidating. It seems like these little jewels should be handled with tender, loving care, unlike the run-of-the-mill varieties picked up at the home-improvement store.
And the people who grow them seem so, well, back to the earth. And intimidating.
So it was with great trepidation that I picked up the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog. I read the politically correct introduction to the catalog, and wished they weren't preaching at me. I just want to hear about the seeds!
I turned a few pages and found incredibly beautiful photographs of artichokes, beets and broccoli -- and that was just through the letter B in the alphabetized catalog. The oversize slick catalog wasn't daunting at all. It actually was quite enticing.
I'm a fan of Asian beans, thanks to a couple of Master Gardeners who gave me the long purple seeds from their hyacinth bean plant many years ago. In the Baker Creek catalog, there are "Asian Winged Beans" and "Hyacinth Bean Moonshadow" that are on my order list now.
We tilled our asparagus garden years ago -- biggest mistake of the garden to date. Kids were little, life was overwhelming, whatever the reason, it was stupid.
So I'm looking to remedy the situation. I've thought about planting asparagus again several times over the past years -- but I reminisce about the patch that once filled a little corner of the yard, and I just don't do it.
This year will be different. The Internet is a wonderful thing -- I've found 3-year-old plants that I can plant for quicker satisfaction.
This goes against everything I ever do in the garden. I'm always the one buying the little Charlie Brown pines, babying them to grow into stately trees. I think the garden is a place for patience. But not when it comes to asparagus in my yard!