gardening

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

Students at Crawfordsville’s Meredith Nicholson Elementary have learned to grow fruits and vegetables in the school garden for nearly a decade. This year, students can enjoy the fruits of their labor in the school cafeteria for the first time.

The Nicholson garden sits just behind the school, close enough for students to visit for lessons. They learn about agriculture all year, and plant seeds in the spring. Three days a week in the summer, students and families tend to various plants, including carrots, pumpkins and tomatoes. As fall approaches, they harvest.

  When a gardening competition in the small Michigan town of Livia heats up, Dr. Phyllis Sproot is the first to create some sparks. Norman Draper's tale, Backyard, is a hilarious account of   all the competitors involved and their villanous ways of cheating their way to the top. It is sure to keep even the most novice of gardeners involved and entertained, and West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

Right about now, gardeners are aching to get out and plant. Usually, in the February dregs of winter, that desire is dashed by cold, wet, maybe even frozen soil. But this year is different.

Here in Washington, D.C., snowdrops came up almost a month ago, and the daffodils have been blooming for two weeks. It's tempting to think that if these harbingers of spring showed up three weeks ahead of schedule, it's safe to plant early, too.