[One of last year’s tomatoes]
I have been gardening already. I’m putting in the rest of the cool season crops this weekend (radishes, lettuce, etc.) and already put in some herbs, potatoes, and bulbs in the ground. In addition I started some seeds indoors and am generally cleaning the yard and getting things ready.
Of course, the bulk of planting will come in the next two months. I won’t be able to put in the really fun plants–tomatoes, peppers, melons, etc.–until late April and May. But it is spring, after all, and as far as I am concerned, it’s time to garden.
I have a lot of gardening posts planned for this year, and that made me look back on some of the posts I’ve done in the past on putting in a vegetable garden. Here is a round-up of some of the better ones to get you in the gardening mood:
* Does Gardening Save You Money?–An analysis of the costs and benefits of a vegetable garden.
* Planting A Vegetable Garden: A Wishlist–How to figure out what to plant.
* Planting A Vegetable Garden: The Soil–How to tell if you have good soil and how to prepare for planting.
* The Magic of Rot–The results of my first year of composting.
* What Not To Put In Compost–Talks about what should and should not be put in compost.
* Predatory Insects In The Garden–Identifies “good” bugs, the ones that eat the “bad” bugs, and tells you how to attract them to your garden.
* Cardboard or Sheet Mulching–A method of mulching that uses cardboard and newspapers to suppress weeds.
* How To Plant A Tomato Plant–My foolproof method for getting healthy, giant tomato plants.