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For the past three years I’ve been fortunate enough to start our garden seedlings in a full-size greenhouse on an organic farm.  Our friend, the farmer, generously offered us space, and it had become my most treasured spring tradition: taking the girls to the greenhouse in late March (usually with lots of snow still on the ground), shedding our layers, and starting a new growing season enveloped in the warmth and humidity of baby plant heaven.  But our friend’s farm has grown (happily!) and his greenhouse is now full-to-bursting.  When he told me that he didn’t have room for us a few weeks ago, I wasn’t surprised but I almost cried.  What would we do?!  I started 800 plants in his greenhouse last year.

Well, Jeffrey and I talked and talked and then . . . he gave me the best birthday gift ever: our very own greenhouse!  Jeffrey spent most of yesterday putting it together, and I couldn’t be happier.  Today I started 100 more seedlings: celery, cilantro, chamomile, dill, marigolds, asters, larkspur, blue balloon flowers, cosmos, and sweet alyssum.  When the greenhouse is full, we hope to have about 1000 baby plants growing in here.

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