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Friday, January 11, 2008

I've Been Kidnapped By Aliens!

OK - so I'll spare you the corny story I was thinking of writing about that exotic alien gardens in hopes it would excuse me from being a garden blogging slacker. I've been busy! Sorry!

Is this the cutest thing you've ever seen???? It's a Mini Tomato plant in a bag! The bag contains soil and seeds. According to the directions it'll grow right in the bag. This is exactly what I needed to bring me out of my garden funk! It was a gift from garden buddy. Is she the best???

In other gardening news, I still haven't done my winter sowing yet. If you haven't seen the news we've had a bit of a heat wave in Chicago over the last week. I was planning to do my winter sowing last weekend but then saw that it was over 60 degrees outside! I could just see myself crying over my seedlings that sprouted and died when they refroze, so I decided to wait. I'm vowing to get that done this weekend. I'm running out of time!

I've found that I'm viewing this winter heat wave completely different than I ever would have in previous years. Instead of being all "YAY IT'S WARM!" I'm all "holy shit what about my bulbs??? What if they think it's time to come up???" Gardening sure can be stressful.


  1. Welcome back, Gina! Glad the aliens delivered you safely back, and with a tomato plant in a bag, yet?! How cool is that? Don't worry about your bulbs; they may start to poke shoots up through, but soon as it gets cold again, they'll go into suspended animation til it's spring in earnest. I found some daffodil shoots nosing up through the swamp (big melt at our house, too) yesterday, but they'll be fine; this happens most years.

  2. Heather's GardenJanuary 11, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Funny, I posted today too after a long break. VPH and I are coming to Chicago on the 24th for a long weekend. Want to meet up for a drink?

  3. Gina: You always make me laugh! Love your tomato in a bag!

  4. Tomato in a bag - what'll they think of next? The flip side of stressing about the weather is being happy about rain on the weekend. Becoming a gardener causes a fundamental shift in your worldview. Welcome back!

  5. What a difference a couple years of gardening experience can make! :0)

    Looking forward to more posts about your tomato. Are you going to plant it inside to start?

    Katie at GardenPunks

  6. There are no gardens in outer space, Gina and so those aliens returned you because they couldn't find anything to feed your garden obsession.

    Welcome back to terra firma. The heat wave is over and the deep freeze will be here this weekend .

  7. Wonderful gift from your garden friend. What variety of tomato is it?