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Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

If You're Missing Summer's Colors, This Post is For You!

Not long after Christmas... before the decorations are even put away, the seed catalogs start taking up a large portion of our mailbox each day.  It's never too early to start to dream about the coming Summer's gardens.

The cold days of January- as the garden boxes lay bare... safely tucked in beneath a blanket of nourishing compost- 

are the perfect time for immersing myself in dreams of color. 

 I sift through the pages of the catalogs... thinking of the spaces that I will have to fill when the weather is warm enough to once again work the soil. 

I think about the flowers that I started in the greenhouse last season and decide which of those I'd like to repeat.  Zinnias, of course... always zinnias.  They are just about the happiest flower I can think of.

The big winner of last summer was the gomphrena (globe amaranth).  

 Every few days I would pick a handful and bring them into the house.  When fresh, gomphrena already have the feel of a dried flower - so, drying them is just a matter of waiting for the moisture to leave the stems.  This is one flower that needs not be hung up to dry, but can simply lie in a pile til dry.  Each handful that I picked was added to this hanging...

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