When I was living in the Midwest, it was just at this time of the year--a time when you KNEW that winter would never end--that the Earl May seed catalog would arrive in the mail, and one could at least dream of spring and summer. It's a lot less dramatic around here, but still you can detect the first stirrings of the gardening instinct.
Among the books being checked out are
- Golden Gate Gardening: the Complete Guide to Year-round Food Gardening in the San Francisco Bay Area and Coastal California
- Water Conserving Plants & Landscapes for the Bay Area
- Plants and Landscapes for Summer-dry Climates of the San Francicsco Bay Region
(The last two are particularly appropriate considering our "rainy" season, or lack thereof)
Gardening need not be a solitary activity. Getting involved with the California Native Plant Society might provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people. You can even attend one of their Native Plant Lectures at our libraries.
Longer days and more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors are not that far away.
Joe Toschik is a Public Services Librarian at Half Moon Bay who would rather read a seed catalog than actually do any work in a garden.