Zo . . . it's Spring. The snow has melted from the ground. What's the thing to do now to get ready for the growing season? Any gardeners here?
Reading the Reader's Digest "Illustrated guide to gardening" I'm going to be testing the soil to find out its composition and see what it needs. I'm working on the compost pile from last year, which has been frozen and still looks like a pile of garbage. I'm told that in a couple of months, after it thaws, it will look like the beautiful black earth it's supposed to be and ready to use. It seems impossible. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Meanwhile, I'm layering the new pile of organic stuff to get another section going. This one should be ready by the fall. Then we can treat the dirt before the winter. So, that is something to do.
But... I'm overwhelmed by the actual planting and growing. Is there something I should be doing to the planting plots? We have 4 raised beds approximately 4' X 12' X 18" or so. We had (my daughter doing most of the work) some tomatoes, zucchinis, potatoes, eggplants, lettuce and some herbs last year (I see strawberries jumped from their containers to the ground. I think they'll need to be replanted somewhere else or they'll take over the grounds, right?). Some of the stubs are still there. Should I turn the dirt over and bury the stuff? I suppose taking out the old stems is in order.
Is there somewhere something like a checklist that would tell me what needs to be done and when? (And preferably how)
I want to get my hands on Mother Earth and make love with her :-) This should bring some sanity into my head.