I was listening to NPR at some point today, and The Writer’s Almanac came on with Garison Keillor who had this great quote from Margaret Atwood, who wrote:
“Gardening is not a rational act. What matters is the immersion of the hands in the earth….In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
Rational or not, i agree that there some odd satisfaction with the smell of dirt on you and the sight of it wedged under your fingernails.
In gardening news, my potato order arrived! I chose 2 varieties from the Seed Savers Exchange. 2.5# of each German Butterball and La Ratte fingerlings, should be plenty for two 8’x4′ beds in the front yard. Right now, i have them laid out on the kitchen table with indirect light and warmth so they’ll start to sprout. I’ll do this for about 2 weeks, then cut them into 2-eye sections for plating (after the cuts dry for a few days to prevent rotting).