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Garden is almost ready for spring planting.

Time to hoe

The warmer weather has inspired me to start preparing my vegetable garden. I hoed and removed last season's left over leeks and dried stocks of purple cornflower. I had left the flower stocks up for the winter to give the finches something to eat. Most of the seed cones had been picked clean.

I got my dogs' attention when I scattered some organic blood meal to add nitrogen to the soil. One tried to eat the dirt. By the time I plant in late May, the dogs won't be so interested in this plot.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)