Ready for Spring: Are You Planting a Kitchen Garden?

The big pots from our summer container garden are stacked next to the back door, and this morning on the way out, we noticed this little guy poking it's way toward the sun--a volunteer seed from last summer! Unfortunately, we're sure to get another frost here in New England before spring really sets in so this seedling's chances on making it to May are a bit slim. But it still made us grin to see this little flash of green.

Are you thinking of planting a garden this year and growing some food of your own? If so, now is is the perfect time to start planning!

Click through for a round-up of some good resources.Internet Resources for Gardeners:

  • You Grow Girl!--No, it's not just for girls! Gayla Trail, an urban gardener in Vancouver, is a font of gardening knowledge.
  • The Old Farmer's Almanac--This site has lots of useful nooks and crannies, and is especially useful for find out when the last frost is projected for your area. After this date, you can introduce your seeds and seedlings to their outside summer homes.
  • The National Gardening Association--a good all around resource to have in your back pocket.
  • Slow Food Ark of Taste--While this list doesn't exactly pertain to gardening, it can provide some great inspiration for what to grow in your garden. We're thinking of growing ground cherries this summer, which appeared in Boston-area farmer's markets last year and are said to do well in containers!

Places to order your seeds and seedlings:

And don't forget to check out your local gardening scene! There are often local meet-ups for seed exchanges this time of year. Farms can also be sources for less common plants that are indigenous to your area.

What are you thinking of growing this year? If you're just starting out, what gardening questions do you have?

(Photo: Emma Christensen for The Kitchn)

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