I do the same thing every year and every year I say I won’t make the same mistake next year. I get anxious during that oh so small window of fake Spring that always peeks its head out the first of March and then I regret it. I regret the effort, the planning and the work but I shake it off knowing that if I had guessed correctly I would look like a hero rather than the zero I look like today.
I always plant my garden to early but I just can’t help it. Something stirs in me March 1st that makes me want to get dirt under my fingernails. I feel the need to turn the soil in my garden beds and wake the earthworms up, entice them to get busy, get ready for the Lettuce, Peppers, Squash, Cucumbers, Cabbage, Lima Beans, and Tomatoes I am anxious to get in the ground now. To early.
My wife knows it’s to early. Hell the earthworms know it is to early but I don’t listen, I never listen. Why would the Framers Market have plants out if it weren’t time to put them in the ground? Why would they tease me? Why?
My garden beds look good. The dirt is dark, rich and moist. I spent all Winter putting yard clippings on top of each bed providing them with a warm winter blanket to rest and conserve their energy. When I turned the dirt, mixing the clippings into the soil, I saw that my earthworms had been busy over the Winter making babies, gobs of babies. I don’t know much about earthworm sex but apparently mine are very horny.
So despite the protest of my wife and the warnings of the Weather Channel I have planted my garden. If I am right I will be eating fresh salads early and tomato sandwiches in late June. And if I am wrong, well I will spend another $25.00 to buy more plants and start all over again.
If you have a little spot in yard that gets some sunshine plant a few things. Lettuce is easy to grow. About the only thing that will kill it is thirst. Peppers, Cucumbers and Tomatoes will all grow in a medium size pot with a simple wire Tomato cage you can buy at Home Depot for $3.00. You won’t reduce your grocery bill by hundreds of dollars but you will experience the magic of getting your hands dirty and watching something grow.