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Growing on the High Plains: 2021 Seed Catalogs—Part One

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As the months of 2021 unfurl, and we all setting in to the realization that the coronavirus is still with us, it's nice to know there is a timely distraction available for anyone looking forward to the Spring planting season. Those who have cultivated their gardening obsession over the years know what I'm talking about: seed catalogs! We've covered this topic in the past, but this year's crop of new publications has resulted in some real delight. Weathering the difficulties of this past year has me yearning for the dirt, and the variety of novel botanicals, fruit trees, berry bushes, and veggies for the bed have opened a lot of excitement for new possibilities. Gardening has always provided a therapeutic escape during times of global instability, so if you've been struggling, consider taking up some tools this Spring and making something grow.

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.