***A repost for those of you who are planning a garden***
I love fresh vegetables, and I grew up with a vegetable garden and there is nothing better than a vine ripened tomatoes picked fresh and made into bruschetta or some other yummy food. Our family started its first vegetable garden to introduce the older kids to healthy eating. It was great when the realized how food was grown and they actually wanted to try the tomatoes and the zucchini. The chocolate zucchini cake was a hit, the tomatoes were not. So we keep trying.
Since we live in the Pacific Northwest and our summers are finicky. I have friends who have migrated from California or Texas and they bemoan the fact we can ski until March and wear hoodies until July. So, it helps to have a green house or a cold frame to give your plants a healthy head start.
As the garden grows, watch for more posts. The first round of spinach is about ready to be harvested!