It’s officially spring now, and a lot of people are eager to plant. But remember, it’s only the end of March. Even though some areas have experienced a fairly mild winter and may be experiencing warmer than usual temperatures for this time of year we shouldn’t get carried away, as Mother Nature has been know to throw some pretty serious winter like weather at us clear into mid April. What we can do is take advantage of abnormally warm early spring days by getting the pre-planting things done. Gardeners can take their cue from farmers who are busy doing field work, in terms of tillage and pre-plant herbicide applications. Gardeners can do roughly the same type of things by removing all dead material, digging up the soil, and preparing it for planting. This is a good time to map out garden areas as well. Remember to look over all your tools now, and replace any that are broken, or sharpen those that are dull. And remember, garden soil can actually suffer damage if it’s worked too soon in the spring, while it may still be wet and sticky. So, be patient. You’ll be wondering what to do with all those zucchinis before you know it!