Spring has definitely sprung, and if you haven’t done so yet, now is the time to get those vegetable plants in your beds if you live in the northern part of the country. As you’ve seen on this blog, raised beds are the way to go, and organic gardening is far preferable to using chemical fertilizers and pesticides, as you want to be assured that yor fruit and veggies are the very best. It’s not hard to build raised beds; filling them is a little more tricky. I have found that it’s difficult to find organic compost at the garden stores, and according to Mel Bartholomew, the guru of square foot gardening, the best mix (and I agree) is equal parts organic compost, coarse vermiculite, and peat moss. Composting your own scraps is easy but it takes time. Just keep all animal fat out of it. I recommend one of the drum type units that you can turn to mix the compost. The finished brown gold crumbles down into a bin, ready to use. It’s not too late for tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs of all kinds, beans, eggplants, squash and carrots. Get planting!