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You know you are a Gardener when:

  1. The idea of someone dropping a load of animal poo off at your home would be a treat.

    Chicken Poo mixed with straw aka Gardener Gold

    Chicken Poo mixed with straw aka Gardener Gold

  2. Likewise, the idea of someone dropping their yard waste off at your home (leaves, grass, etc.) makes you excited.
  3. Seeing a huge flat yard with beautiful sun exposure and grass as far as the eye can see makes you a little sad.
  4. Getting a seed catalog in the mail is a beautiful warm ray of sunshine on a winter day.  This catalog will keep your dreams and your thoughts racing when your garden is under inches or feet of snow.
  5. Dirt under your nails and on your jeans makes you smile.
  6. Eating a fresh grocery store tomato in January makes you wonder about your grocer’s definition of “tomato.”
  7. You have to control yourself from yelling, “STOP!! I can compost that!” when you see someone putting a fruit or veggie compost material in the trash.
  8. You know what zone you live in.  (6A)
  9. You are hyper aware of the weather during the beginning and ending of planting season.
  10. You read the farmer’s almanac and study their weather predictions.  I wonder if this is what people feel like reading the sports pages before a big game?
  11. You think it’s odd when you go in the grocery store as all you can buy is one type of carrots.  It took you half a day last year to decide which type of carrot to plant from the 20 different varieties available,

    One of two pages of the different varieties of carrots from the High Mowing Seed catalog.

    One of two pages of the different varieties of carrots from the High Mowing Seed catalog.

  12. Buying any organic leafy green in the grocery store cements your gardening gusto.  $7 for a pound of spinach?  I’ll stay and play in my garden and get a pound of spinach for less than $1, thank you very much.
  13. You consider owning bees, not only for the honey but for their pollinating powers.
  14. A dreary day of long slow soaking rain makes you happy, and you start to think you can almost see your plants getting happier.
  15. You start to learn to preserve your harvest.  Canning, dehydrating and Lacto-fermenting are all in the search history of your computer.
  16. Seeing earthworms while you’re digging is like getting a report card from Mother Nature, and she says you’re doing okay.
  17. Happy rabbits bounding along can make you mad.  Those buggars have A LOT of audacity.
  18. Your heart quickens when you see cabbage moths flying around your garden.
  19. You understand the fundamental difference between dirt and soil.  (soil has life)
  20. A salad sourced from anywhere but your garden looks sad and colorless.  It tastes pretty yucky as well.
  21. You talk to your plants, or can at least understand why some people do.
  22. You’ve spent time in the garden harvesting and have nothing to bring into the house.  My son and I will eat freshly shelled sweet peas.  I would say less than one bowl made it into the house, and many more bowls worth of peas made it into our bellies. YUM!!

This was spurred on by the arrival of my 2015 seed catalog.  Oh how I love it’s arrival!!! Let my 2015 garden planning BEGIN!!

Do you have any good thoughts to add to this list?