Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy Spring Equinox!

('Bout freaking time it got here!!)

The Spring Equinox is the time when the days and nights are of equal length, and soon the days will continue to lengthen until the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, is reached. The three days around March 20/21 are celebrated as Ostara or Alban Eiler (aka "Light of the Earth"), and is the time of the triumph of light over darkness, and when the seeds of new ventures should be planted. This is the time to sow the seeds of hope and change for the coming warmth of summer. May your hopes and dreams come into fruition as the year progresses.

Speaking of seeds...

As I mentioned yesterday, I received one of my SSE seed requests in the mail, containing a vast multitude of heirloom bean seeds. Here is exactly what my $4 bought me:

Amish Knuttle


Blue Coco

Purple Hyacinth
Tucomares Chocolate Runner Bean
Black Soy Bean
Blue Lakes Special (a dry bush bean developed by a fellow SSE member!)

Potawatami Lima (Pole) Bean

Borlotto Stregonta
Haricot Rouge Du Burkina Faso Cowpea

Can't wait to plant them all! Still more heirloom bean seeds on the way, including the beautiful and elusive Flagg (aka "Chester" or "Skunk Bean" for its unusual black & white markings).

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