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Questions? Write me at fullcirclegardener @ cableone . net.

Time to start planning...

Gardening catalogs have started arriving in my mailbox.  I can almost taste my fresh garden produce as I turn each page!

It is the time of year to start planning for spring and summer gardening so it's time to pull out my notes from last year and think about what changes I want to make, what went well and what did not go well.

Several years ago I started keeping gardening notes to keep my memory fresh.  I record what I planned to plant, what I did plant; what I planned to start and what I did start.  I also record problems I had along the way so that I can hopefully make adjustments for the next season.  For example, last year I tried to start my seedlings in the basement where the only light they received were from grow lights... not my best idea!  This year I'll be using the grow light along with natural light for hopefully better results!

Today's task:  find my notes and review the last several years before I begin planning my new season


  1. What are your staples, the plants you start with year after year? I know I cannot go without tomatoes and basil for sure. Can't wait to see how your garden grows!

  2. I have a long list of "staples"! Tomatoes, hot peppers of some sort, peas (snap & shell), beans (purple & wax), kohlrabi, cucumbers, zuchinni/summer squash, & salad mix of some sort. I tried eggplant for the first time last year and it may need to become a staple! I also have an herb garden near the house in which I try to get dill, basil & cilantro planted every year along with my perennial herbs.


I would love to hear your gardening comments and/or questions.