By Mike Thayer
It's that time of year again! The temporary "pop-up" garden shops are getting set up in grocery and hardware store parking lots and I'm ready to get my hands dirty planting seeds.
I really enjoy gardening, being able to just walk out my door and harvest some tomatoes, lettuce, onions and an assortment of other veggies for a salad or a side dish is one of those priceless, simple pleasures of life for me.
The best part of having a garden, it doesn't get any fresher than that!
I like gardening so much, I even did an indoor gardening project this winter, but enjoying my hobby out in nice weather is SO much better.
If you're into gardening, now is the time to be planting seeds indoors to transplant in the backyard and/or patio garden after that last frost. You don't need a bunch of gardening gadgets or containers to get started either, just a couple of cardboard egg cartons and some potting soil will do. Pictured right, three eggs cartons, 'seed starting' with parsley, cilantro and Roma tomato. In other cartons I've started lettuces, peas, green beans, cucumbers not in an egg carton, an avocado tree!
I'm going to have a bunch of great looking starter plants in no time and I'll be saving a lot of money vs. buying starter plants at one of those pop-up garden shops to boot! That's Bachelor on the Cheap friendly.
And about that last frost, here's a planting guide to help you get started, as well as a hardiness zone map to help you determine just what kind of plants will thrive outdoors where you live.