Area reports are coming in that bushes and trees have begun budding. While this seems unusually early, to me this can only mean one thing: time to start planning the garden.
Ah, nothing better than a fresh tomato right off the vine, except perhaps a crisp cuke. Or sweet basil.
I have compiled a few excellent links to Web sites featuring organic gardening tips, with goldmines of information on how to preserve your garden bounty by canning, freezing and dehydrating.
Begin planning your garden by choosing a location with an abundance of sunshine and good drainage. A lack of sunshine and poor drainage will result in a poor harvest, also known as a complete disappointment and waste of time.
Next, sketch out a design on paper. By planning where you will put your fruit and vegetable plants and seeds, you will be making the most out of your garden, thus maximizing your space and harvest. Vining plants should be placed nearby the fence or another area where they may grow uninterrupted. Herbs such as basil, oregano, parsley and cilandro can be grown alongside tomatoes.
In my opinion, cultivating vegetable beds is the way to go. It's simple, provides drainage and easily accomodates compost:
Here is an interesting link to a site which features mini-greenhouse type concepts designed to extend the growing season:
Here is another link to a web site loaded with useful and practical information on canning, freezing, organic gardening etc. This one is a winner:
Next, how to grow fruit and vegetables from seed. Stay tuned.