Wow it is really coming, spring that is. Today the temperatures will be in the sixties. I started some seeds outside already for spinach and spring onion. The red of Florence type, sounds good. I hope they work out. The sowing of seeds that I have done shows the importance of planning ahead. I knew exactly where these seeds should go so that they won't interfere with other plants that are sown later. I will also sow some spinach in about ten days to have two crops (hopefully) before the heat gets to it.
Here are a few tips for this time of year. If you need compost the local county governments in most places (including Arlington County and Fairfax county) have free mulch and composted leaves or leaf mulch . You have to pick it up yourself, but gather a bunch of bags and perhaps a friend with a truck and go for it. Your garden will thank you and you will save a great deal of money. The mulch and compost is great for the garden. the compost or leaf mulch helps aerate the soil and the mulch will keep down weeds once the seedlings get going. Another tip is turn your soil now to let it heat up a bit for more plantings. This is also a good time to see to your tools and clean them off or sharpen them for spring.