Its spring and time to get the plants ready (in my area they are already producing and in fruit) for the soil. I don't consider myself an expert by any means but I have been a gardener since I was a child. I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and learned early about the tricks of the trade. My favorite method is the raised bed. It makes working around the plants a breeze. Aeration and watering is less of a chore and harvesting is easier. The initial setup can be a bit of work but the end product is so well worth it. I've raised tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, radishes, carrots and beans in raised beds. All produced beyond my expectations when I first gardened with this technique. I believe the aeration and looseness of the soil is a big plus to plant health.
We have had a very good winter here as far as water. The snow is very deep on the mountains and we should have a decent water flow for the rest of the year. There's still a problem in the west side of the valley with the ignorant enviro-nazis cutting off the water to those farms. What will it take to shake up the dead heads in DC and put a stop to this nonsense?
That brings me to the economy. I listened to the radio at work today and the big topic was the falling stock market. It was down to -8% which is mighty scary. This is because the money managers are selling out to protect their clients money due to the economic crisis in Europe. I'm glad I don't live in Greece. They are on the verge of total anarchy and it hasn't even started to rain, so to speak. What will happen when it really gets bad? If I had a large amount of money in the bank I would keep a very cautious eye on the economic news and be ready to make a hasty withdrawal. Find a place at home to hide it and by all means don't be tempted to spend it! We live in very interesting times. Keep up with the preps!