We are finally getting a taste of spring! Warmer days, cool nights, sunshine, and buds on the tips of trees. Time to think about the garden!
In our home, we sit down and talk about what each person would like to eat, preserve, or try during the coming growing season. Once we have our list made, and our garden planned and drawn on graph paper, it is time to inventory our seeds and decide what new thing we will be trying. Some years we try a new variety of vegetable. Some years we experiment with a different growing method. But each year many things remain the same. We always plant peas, and corn, and tomatoes, and cucumbers. We always work as a family. The weeds always seem to get a bit beyond us by late August. And we always eat well!
The amount of food that is produced from just a few seeds can be worth some thought! We have a large garden plot and plant around two dozen different kinds of veg, but even if you have just a bit of space, you can eat well with a few tomatoes plants, one cucumber, some lettuce, a squash, and a couple pepper plants. You can even share a packet of seeds with a friend or neighbor, and split the cost if you only need a small amount.
Not sure how or where to start? Here are some of my favorite books. They cover a variety of options for gardening. Enjoy!
1001 Hints & Tips for Your Garden published by Reader’s Digest
The 12-Month Gardener by Jeff Ashton
Carrots Love Tomatoes and Roses Love Garlic by Louise Riotte
Great Garden Companions by Sally Jean Cunningham
Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon
Garden Smarts by Shelley Goldbloom
The Organic Gardener’s Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control by Barbara W. Ellis and Fern Marshall Bradley
Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardens Suzanne Ashworth
Crops in Pots by Bob Purnell