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Starting Herb Seeds & Never Ending Winter

As I write this it's 7am, the wind is howling and there is a fresh layer of snow that fell overnight.  The skies are a winter grey and I'm sure the wind is here for the day.  Born and raised in Wyoming you'd think I would be able to cope with the wind.  Honestly, there is nothing that grates on my nerves more than the wind.  I hate the wind.  This winter seems to be never-ending.  Here's hoping there's truth in the saying "In like a lion, out like a lamb". 

Wednesday, I spent some time starting my herb seeds.  I decided this year, along with my usual suspects, I'd plant a few less common herbs.  Of course, there is basil, oregano, sage, rosemary, dill, parsley, peppermint, and cilantro, but I've added camomile, marjoram, lemon balm, and lemon mint (aka wild bergamot).  My thoughts for this year's garden were to grow some herbs that would build a bit of a tea garden.  I'll be dehydrating some of these herbs for tea next winter.  

The seeds we planted on Sunday are starting to sprout and I'm so excited!  The grow lights seem to be making a big difference.  I have green and red cabbages, Brussels sprouts, sunflowers, and a couple of tomato varieties popping up.

As I work my way through starting seeds I find myself thinking about the summer bounty that will be here before I know it.  I can almost taste the tomatoes with fresh basil.