The most incredible thing happened while we were away :: the snow melted and our lawn reappeared. I can finally see our raised beds which were covered by 5+ feet of snow.
Emerging greens means one thing :: GARDEN PLANNING!
This will be my second year planting a real garden. We planted a table top garden in 2009 and raised beds in 2010. Last fall, we separate our one bed into three and I'm planning to add a fourth as soon as the ground thaws! I've been sketching diagrams and planning shopping lists in my notebook. Soon I will throw another layer of cardboard in the beds.
|My 2011 garden plans.|
I'm hoping to plant spinach, swiss chard, kale, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, radishes, onions, asparagus, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes. Is that all? I will plant basil, dill, chives, and lavender in a container box which I will hang on the front of our deck. Should garlic be in the ground or in a container?
Being the novice gardener that I am, I'm filled with a certain level of anxiety as garden planning rolls around. I'm not interested in starting seeds this year as Kilbourn Organics hosts a lovely seedling sale in May. However, I would like to plant something before May. Is there another organic nursery in Chicago? What I would desperately love to have is a booklet that outlines my gardening chores for each month. Does such a resource exist?
I'm interested in your tried and true, favorite gardening resources. Listed are some of mine as well as ones that have been recommended that I have not yet read. Please please add to the list.
Recommended :: Carrots Love Tomatoes, The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, The Complete Vegetable and Herb Gardener, Growing Vegetables & Fruit Around the Year, My Empire of Dirt
Have you read any of these books?
Do you recommend any further resources?
What are your garden plans for this year?