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My eyes are always bigger than my garden plot.

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Know what I love about January? Seed shopping. Planning, dreaming, imagining the taste of fresh garden produce before I’ve even planted a single seed.

Today, we traveled down the backroads in Missouri to one of my favorite seed houses, Baker Creek Seeds in Mansfield. It is always so worth the trip.

Apparently I am not the only one who gets garden-restless in January: Amidst the bustle and hustle of employees pulling seed packets for orders while laughing and talking to customers with a smile, there are also rows and rows of all kinds of seeds. Rows and rows! Heirlooms and non-hybrids galore, along with an impressive bookshelf of a vast variety of helpful gardening and cooking books. They sell most of this online as well, and their yearly catalog is my favorite… but nothing beats the pleasure of going in person. Nothing. I try to get up here at least once a year.

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Check it out, request a catty, shop around! You can thank me later.

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