Three cheers for spring. Last week here in California it was in the 90's - too hot! - but the nice thing about the sun was the push it gave us to get going on our big summer project: a square foot garden, much inspired by the success of our friend Liz. The idea is to build a very simple raised bed and fill it with good soil (by far the most expensive but important part of the project) then divide it into square foot sections, thereby maximizing every inch of that nice earth you put in there. The square foot gardening book has good charts which map out exactly how many of each different plant/vegetable you can put per square, which is great if you are like me and sometimes need to be told exactly how to make gardens work. In ours (we ended up making it 3' by 8', so that gave us 24 squares to fill) we have about 9 different vegetables, plus some melons and flowers. I'm so hoping we haven't already killed our poor little seeds.