Calling all gardeners: The weather is perfect for planting

Published 8:13 am Sunday, April 28, 2024

It has been nearly impossible for me to sit at my desk and write. The weather has been luscious, and the yard is calling.

So, for the past couple of weeks, I squeezed in some time to get my hands dirty. And boy did it feel good. Well, the next day I was a bit sore, but getting in the yard is so cathartic for me.

My mind just slips into a state of ease and if, by chance, there is any anger hanging around, dropping a post hole digger in the soil helps release the angst.

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As a child, I didn’t enjoy yard work like I do now. Mowing and raking the grass was not the way I wanted to spend my time. But now, I can’t wait to put on my garden gloves.

This year, like in years past, I loaded my buggy with herbs and bedding plants for my pots and I bought a few perennials for a couple of my flower beds.

I added in some colorful African daisies I picked up while visiting my son in Austin. I also couldn’t help myself from buying an orange tree. I don’t know what the odds are of it surviving here, but when I smelled the little white blooms I just had to add it to my summer collection.

And yes, I put it in a pot with the intention of bringing it inside when winter rolls around.

My son has also been bitten by the garden bug, and we were at one of his local nurseries for the better part of two hours.

My son and I, along with hubby, had fun browsing through all their plant material and we even enjoyed pondering over the soil amendment selections.

My son’s wife is not quite as enamored yet with the great outdoors of gardening; she prefers the more gentle plants that live inside.

Gardening is not for everyone, but for those of us who like it, this is the best time of year to get outside. While there have been a couple of humid days, they don’t compare to what lies ahead with the heat of summer.

Now that’s when I ask myself why I did all this planting.

But for now, I just can’t help myself, which means I will continue to labor as quickly as possible over my computer — taking a break every now and then to gaze out the window —  and pray that this lovely weather will last a little bit longer.

Terri Cowart Frazier writes features for The Vicksburg Post. She can be reached at


About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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