The weather here has been unseasonably warm. I’m assuming it’s like that for the rest of the country too. Beyond my own personal first of wearing shorts before May, the warm weather means the growing cycle here is ahead of schedule. That’s great! More fresh, local food sooner. But it also is putting some pressure on us first time gardeners to get our soil worked over and early spring plants planted.
I’ve been doing some reading in anticipating what needs planted when. The Internet is obviously an amazing source of knowledge on that. And I’ve got a trove of books about gardening, some specifically about Illinois, thanks to generous family members. (Though it obviously benefits them if the garden succeeds because they’ll get canned veggies, salsas, hot sauces and whatever other experiment I get over zealous on and make too much of.)
Still my favorite book, and go to reference is a text from 1943.
The descriptions include how to plan, when to plant, days to harvest all the basics you would expect. The way it’s presented, and the little bit of history about each plant make it actually fun to read. And it has tips in it that seem like they were lost for a few decades, before being rediscovered by those wanting to grow “organically.” I put organically in quotes because of these tips are presented as matter-of-factly instead of the “alternative” to chemicals.
The first round of plants will go in next week, hopefully. I’m thinking carrots, beets, radishes, kohlrabi, potatoes and onions. I’ll post pictures once everything is under way.