Column: Gardening offers plenty of welcoming surprises

February and March are challenging times for my wife and me. We want to get out in the garden and get busy, but with the temperature and weather restrictions Mother Nature imposes at that time of year there is only so much we can do. Last March, Becky and I went to the Morgan County Garden Fest hoping to quell a little of our gardening angst. It was entertaining and informative and helped somewhat to ease our anxious state.

Freebies are often handed out during these events so we took a few seed packets. We were offered corn, radishes, cucumber and the usual garden choices, but what really captured our attention were some seeds with which we were less familiar — cow peas and cotton, to be specific.

When it comes to trying new plants, my wife is the adventurous one so even though the packages included little information about planting, average size, days to maturity, etc., we decided to take a chance and see what happened.

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