Archive for February, 2013

There is exactly one month until spring. To me, spring means getting the garden ready and planting some of our favorite cool weather crops like peas, lettuces, spinach and broccoli.

I’ve still been reading a lot about gardening methods and strategies, but, I must admit, it hasn’t been as often as I should. And with one month to go, we’re in get-it-done mode.

Last night I busted out the gardening books and spent tons of time going through notes from last year. We have to keep a more detailed notebook for this planting season. It’s an absolute must-do goal for us.

There is also A LOT of prep work to be finished before it warms up. Primarily, it’s soil tests (which were ordered from our county) and removing the black landscape fabric from under our six raised beds.

We still have to add another layer to our wood frames, mix in new dirt, and turn under the decomposing leaves we left on each bed this fall.

I forgot how useful each of the gardening books we own is, and I don’t know why I didn’t refer to them more during the summer. They’re a great resource and I’d recommend them to anyone.

Here’s the list: The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook¬†and Vegetable Gardening for Dummies. I felt silly buying the latter at first, but it’s really helpful. Finally, The Reader’s Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening. That’s a hand-me-down from my mom, but the updated version is probably just as useful.

Now it’s back to hitting the books and getting ready to plant some vegetables as soon as the soil warms.

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