Today, there are lots of things to do, but not as many places to be. Ahhh...
So let's talk gardening. Last year the garden was a high point for me. A chance to learn, to experiment, to build, to enjoy, and to marvel. Hoping for more of that this year.
Last summer's attempt at a raised bed
How about you? Does digging in the dirt appeal to you? Are you like me and do not know what the heck you're doing? Do you have terrible soil? Are you concerned about drought? Do you just really want some really really local food?
If you are a beginner, a great place to start is raised bed gardening. You can start very little or go really big. You can go ready-made or DIY. You can go new or recycled. The idea is pretty simple - create a box frame, fill it with good soil, and start gardening. Okay, there's a little more to it, but not a lot. It gives you better soil control, better weed control, and better insect control.
Here are three links to get you started:
Green Living Ideas: Ready-Made Raised Bed Garden Kits for Organic Gardeners
If the Flintstones had a raised bed garden
For my wine-slurping friends
Green Living Ideas: 10 Easy Raised Bed Garden Ideas to Dream about for Spring
My personal favorite is the Food-Is-Free Project Self-Wicking Raised Bed Garden
A preview of the next MH Instructable
Speaking of self-wicking, I am jumping into my next gardening adventure, a self-wicking pickle bucket container. (For me, if it ain't recycled and doesn't require tools, instructions, and a bit of cursing, it just ain't gardening.) I am moving slowly on a greenhouse, but the buckets can move into the greenhouse if I ever get it built.
May you enjoy the fruits and vegetables of your labor soon!