Mardi Gras has come and gone, which means spring is just barely around the corner. I saw red swamp maple seeds littering the ground during a walk in the woods yesterday, and the lawn needs mowing after several days of not-so-cold rain. But the surest sign of spring is in my garden: tomato plants are not only in the ground, the plants have grown suckers during their two weeks’ in-ground residency. (I leave it to you to decide whether de-suckering is a crucial or pointless practice; discuss among yourselves.)
I didn’t plant a fall garden this year (Isaac got in the way), so spring garden prep was limited to a little mulch-raking, tilling, and strategic repositioning of volunteer cilantro to make way for the tomatoes. Nine plants (Celebrity & Better Boy varieties) are in the ground, and I have room for six or eight more beefsteak varieties.
It’s not too early to plant in Zones 8b and higher–get out there and garden!