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Seedling in dirt Pleasure for an hour, a bottle of wine; pleasure for a year, marriage; pleasure for a lifetime, a garden. ~ Chinese Proverb

It's official, Spring is here! The sun is shining, the March rain has stopped, and even if you are not having optimal weather, it's time to plan, dream, and ponder this year's garden. How does your garden grow? In pots? Window boxes? Along pathways? Will you plant vegetables, herbs, fruits, or flowers? 

Do you start with bulbs, potted plants, roots, or begin at the beginning with seeds? At a recent writer's conference, author M. Kate Quinn, gave away seed packets to introduce the first book in her "Perennials" series, Summer Iris (available in July).

This lovely and thoughtful gesture made me stop and take notice. Seed packets, with their pretty pictures and simple packaging, always catch my eye. I am intrigued by the possibility and strength hidden inside each tiny seed.

While it might be too soon to plant, the root of the fun is what grows in your imagination before you pick up a shovel. Even if you have had bad luck in the past, start anew this season with a few herb plants. They are inexpensive, easy, and tasty. Try basil and mint; but be sure to plant the mint in a separate area or in its own container, it likes to spread. Put these no fuss kitchen helpers in a sunny spot (indoors or out) and water regularly.

No matter the selection, gardening is not only a fun and healthy hobby - fresh air and mild exercise - it is a chance for meditation and quiet time with nature. Plan today, dig tomorrow, and enjoy how your garden grows!

What will you plant this season? Share your gardening ideas, selection, tips, successes and failures with us.

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