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Get the Dirt, Issue #003 Who wants to try our new "Online Garden Planner" first?
March 04, 2010
Dear Fellow Gardener,

Be the First to Try Our New Online Garden Planner!

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Design Your Own Vegetable Garden Layout Using our Free "Vegetable Garden Planner" Software!

It's time to begin the fun of planning your vegetable garden, if you haven't already done so.

And we are happy to announce our new Online Garden Planner!

It works best if you are planning a smaller garden, but you can improvise to make it work for larger gardens as well.

It's easy to use; just "drag and drop" the vegetables into your garden grid.

Give it a try today, and please let us know if you like it!

It's Time to Plan Your Garden

Now is the best time to plan your garden, get your seeds purchased or ordered, and clean up your garden bed if you forgot to do it last fall!

You might want to buy your garden seeds early this year, as there are rumors of seed shortages due to bad weather conditions for seed producers last season.

You always get the best selection buy shopping early as some of the best-sellers are gone quickly.

Keep a Vegetable Garden Diary

Vegetable Garden Diary

Click Here to Download Vegetable Gardening Diary

Download our free Vegetable Garden Diary.

Use it to plan and record the details of your garden.

It really helps to keep a record of each year's garden. That way you won't make the same mistakes twice!

Don't forget to take "before", "during" and "after" pictures of your vegetable garden. We would love to include your pictures and story on our "Share Your Garden Photos and Stories" page.

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Spring is Almost Here!

Spring is coming early in our area of the Pacific Northwest.

Daffodils are blooming, and the grass is growing at last!

If you are still in the "snow zone", don't give up hope. It's been a long winter, but spring is just around the corner.

Garden Fever is hitting us hard, and we want this year to be our best garden ever, don't you?

So it's time to add some compost to our raised bed garden. We are also ready to lay a sheet of plastic on the top of the garden to help the soil warm more quickly.

Most vegetables will sprout and grow much more quickly when the soil is warm. An exception to this is green peas. They like to be cold!

Start a Container Garden

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Lettuce and onions will tolerate colder conditions also.

You might want to get started with a container garden of lettuce and onions now.

If it gets very cold at night, you will want to move your containers to a sheltered spot until the weather warm a bit.

Click here for some great ideas for planning a container garden.

Square Foot Gardens

We are planting our first "Square Foot" garden this year.

In case you aren't familiar, Square Foot gardens are built using a 4' by 4' wooden frame.

Each of the 16 squares are planted with a different type of vegetable. square foot garden

This is a great compact garden design to use if you are a beginner, or don't have much space or time to work on a garden.

For more details and Square Foot Garden plans, click here.

I will update our progress with pictures in the newsletter as we go along.

Visit our website for many more gardening plans and ideas!

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