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Itching to garden again

This warm weather has certainly got me itching to start gardening. Mind you I’m not talking about a large garden — just a small little backyard garden of tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, onions, watermelons and cantaloupes, along with an herb or two.

Really, it’s just a plot cordoned off with a few railroad ties containing some really rich soil, great for growing fresh salad fixings.

Some folks wouldn’t even qualify our little backyard plot as a true garden, but when you take into consideration many generous friends and neighbors who share their garden yields with us each summer, our little garden spot is all we need.

I garden for the same reasons most avid vegetable gardeners do, it’s fun working in the dirt, and it’s economical too.

Up until recently the saving money part has just been a bonus, but with the economy like it is now, and food prices steadily rising, I’ve got even more incentive to plant a garden this spring.

I really am trying to be a little bit more self-sufficient. With bread selling for close to $3 a loaf and gas nearing $4 a gallon, we’re joining all the other folks in the community who are looking for ways to cut expenses.

And the better-tasting, quality home grown food and bragging rights for that first ripe tomato are added pluses.

All that’s keeping me from getting those tender little plants into the ground right now is concern over whether we’re going to see another frost.

I’ve been told prime planting is done in mid-April, but then Master Gardeners always add that little postscript warning about the risk of a late frost.

The first of May usually suits me – call that my optimal planting time, but like I said, all this recent warm weather has got me itching to plant something now.

While I wait another week or two, the plan is to get out there and break up the soil as soon as I can.

It’s something exciting about waiting for that first green bud to shoot out of the earth — some describe this as the spiritual side of gardening because there’s no other feeling like digging your hands into mother earth and bringing forth a miracle.

It’s time to let the miracles begin.