My Summer Garden Begins in February
Today's weather forecast calls for icy rain and sleet
and greens still grow in my garden from last summer.
I've been picking the parsley I planted last spring,
through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and picked
a bunch yesterday when I made a gallon of delicious
gapacho soup. Global warming, or strong roots? Beets
me! Picking fresh parsley turned my thoughts to
spring. This man's favorite hobbies...New York
Yankee baseball and my own New Jersey garden.
If you've never before gardened, here is where I
suggest you begin:
(A hammer, some wood, a few nails---it's easy!)
The cold of winter is the time of seed catalogues. My
I will be ordering a dozen varieties of lettuce seed
this week, and my family will be eating large green,
red, and purple homegrown salads from April through
November. In August, the best Jersey tomatoes will
garnish salads and transformn into my incredibly
tasty raw marinara sauces.
The healthiest and tastiest fruits and vegetables
are those grown organically in your own garden.
Each year, I plant nasturtium flowers (which are
wonderful in salads). The perfume from these
flowers are nature's best pesticides. Bugs seem
to avoid the bouquet, and there is never a need
to spray my food with poison.
I learned how easy it is to garden by using the
"square foot method." All you need to know, as
well as photos of my 2002 garden:
Now is the time to start planning.