garden.aspxEven though the calendar says it is May and time to plant my garden, I had hesitated (like many of us) due to the chilly weather! In the meantime, all through April I was browsing the bookshelves in the library to jump start my efforts this year.

I have found several books to especially be helpful in planning my little plot of earth on the side of my garage that gets great sun.

Fern Marshall Bradley and Jane Courtier is not only a delight to the eyes, but ever so helpful in paring down “my list” that seems to have too many plants to fit in the space I have. The great subtitle says it all: “from planning to picking—how to create a bountiful garden.” Whether you are a novice or a master, this book is helpful. It was my first choice since it centers on organic gardening without pesticides!

Willi Galloway not only gives excellent growing tips, but details how to harvest and store your wonderful bounty when everything is ready to pick. There are 50 select recipes, so if you want to be adventurous this year and grow leeks, this book is for you.

Stepping out from the garden to my patio, I have found  gives the inspiration to “step outside the planter box” and use other containers for colorful, trailing plants, or other great ideas. Each project has a completion time (30 minutes to 2 hours), so you know what to expect.  So don’t forget to pick up a new pair of gardening gloves, and enjoy the sun – I know I will!