I found a FANTASTIC magazine! GROW, a special issue on vegetable gardening from Fine Gardening. I’m reading it word-by-word and enjoying all the photos. It was great to find it displayed right up front by the registers at the super market.
It has sections on types of wood for garden use. A great section on manure. And lots of gardening tips. (And that’s just the first few pages – I’m reading it slowly…)
A section on layouts for raised beds gardens has beautiful photos and describes an old style – a four-square design – with four large beds up to 9 x 9 ft, all about 10 inches deep. These beds seem to big to me. You’d have to walk in them to work the middle. So you need to leave room between veggies for paths and then you’d be working and amending paths – not the point of raised beds. But it does look very nice.
My other reading material now is the Burpee catalog that just came in with lots of annual flower photos. So nice to imagine these in my yard. I’d like a new method for carrying/washing my harvested vegetables this year and am admiring the hod on page 132. I’m trying to find a cheaper alternative.
And I’m totally taken by the summer flip flops on covers of clothing catalogs now. They seem so … summer! If I buy several, will summer come sooner?
Only thing I don’t see – a nice gardening clothing catalog. Someday I should put one together….. Light weight, long sleeved shirts that look great covered with dirt. Cheap nitrile gloves. Study shoes. And lots of hats… This would definitely make summer come soon.