Is anyone else getting anxious for spring, to get outside and play in the dirt again? Even though this seems to be the "winter that wasn't" for our area, I have reached the point where I am definitely ready to get out of the house.
Our yard is a disastrous sight! Sticks and branches of all sizes are strewn everywhere, and leaves that the neighbors didn't clean up from their yards during the fall have come to settle in the edges of my flower beds and collect at the base of the garden fence. There is driveway gravel tossed into the lawn from the little snow shoveling we have had to do. The end of a small stack of firewood has tumbled down, probably from the raccoon that likes to climb the nearby pine tree. Because of the strangely non-winter-like weather we have had, lots of weeds have already grown in the bare veggie gardens.
If you consider dealing with those sorts of things, then I suppose the coming of spring doesn't seem all that appealing does it? But then of course there are the little snow drops up about 2 inches already, the first flowers in my yard to bring a glimpse of the joy and hope of spring. And too, the greenhouse has weathered the season exceptionally well; with only minor attention to adjust the door slide and a few panel clips, it will be ready for seed starting trays--lots of them! In addition to these, I have my bookshelf of winter reading to get me geared up for gardening.
One book that I picked up a few years ago is The Vegetable Gardener's BIBLE, by Edward C Smith.
|The Vegetable Gardener's Bible|
Next you see the cover for a book we bought last year. I have read bits and pieces of it so far, and have found it very interesting and well written. As you can tell by the few and far between posts this winter, I have yet to become the Four-Season Harvest-er. The author Eliot Coleman, gives lots of helpful information about extending your home gardening season by the use of cold frames, greenhouses, row covers, varieties of crops and other things that I aspire to do one day...and reviewing the book while wrapped in a blanket on a cold day now is a sure way to start to get that "gardeny" feeling.
(Note:As of the time of this post, all of the books pictured can be found at Amazon.com. Clicking on the link below each book's picture will direct you there!)
Do any of you have favorite resources for your gardening information? I would love to hear from you and check out your book suggestions too!