Preparing for Spring

It's been over a month since my last entry. I guess there just hasn't been much gardening going on. There are potted herbs to water, catalogs to look through, nothing to start planting yet.

Right now is the time to start seeds for spring, but as I will be out of the country during early planting season, I don't plan on starting anything for another week or two. I'll be starting beets, cucumbers, eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes indoors, and before I leave for Paris, I'm hoping it will be warm enough to plant potatoes, spinach, and mesclun outside. Last year, I bought a two tier light garden from Gardener's and have been using the APS systems they sell. It works pretty efficiently, and I'm thinking this year of purchasing a couple more systems.

After our vacation, in mid-April, I'll be planting carrots, onions, scallions, and shallots outdoors. The seeds I start indoors will be transplanted after frost, which hits around that point here in Kansas City.

So mostly I'm looking forward to what's coming, not what's currently here.

What are your current garden tasks at the moment? What are you most looking forward to this spring? What vegetables and herbs will you be planting this year?