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Happy Spring

As I write this on Tuesday, the first day of Spring, I am stuck at my home in Mt. Airy because I don’t drive in ice or snow. How can we get snow now? Just yesterday I came home to find that my husband had tilled the garden to get ready for planting once this weather is gone! Because it’s time, don’t you know. I mean, we have potatoes and onions to plant!

For today, I think we will just plan exactly what we’re going to plant in the garden. As I have mentioned in the past, my daughter lives next door to us and my in-laws next door to them. Between the households, we typically grow way more then we can use. It’s great having extra since my mother-in-law takes vegetables to the senior center and I bring some to work.

I am sure we will plant potatoes since I just used up mine from last year. Of course, onions are next on the list (I think I have 2 left).  I do not think we will be doing peas since the dear old deer seem to really enjoy them.  Maybe once the snow melts I will see some of our long awaited asparagus popping up.

I’m not much of a hands on-gardener. I’m more the give-advice-and-take-pictures type.  But this year, I’m excited that our little granddaughter, Zoe, will be helping with the garden. Now that she is two (her birthday is today, March 22!) she is going to have so much fun helping dig holes with her big brother, Aaron!  I’m thinking that this year, I just might kneel down and get my hands dirty too. Because, what could be better than sending them home to their parents all dirty and tired out?

What are you planning on planting in your garden this Spring? We would love to hear about it! And, if you’re like me, take some photos and share them using #behnkes on facebook and instagram.

by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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