The first thing I had to do before planting was turn the soil. What that means is basically taking a pitchfork and working the bottom soil up to the top. This helps blend in the compost I covered the garden with before winter and break up the clay. Once the area is turned, I used a metal rake to smooth it out and break up any remaining dirt clumps. The garden was now ready to be planted.
I buy tomato and pepper plants instead of seeds. If I wanted to work from seeds I would need to start them around late January and I would need a greenhouse or an area inside. The plants may cost a bit more but the time saved is an excellent trade.
I like to build a soil bowl around each plant. This helps trap water when it gets unbelievably hot from April until October. This year I planted four better boy tomato plants, four Roma plants, one cayenne pepper plant, one jalapeno, one green bell and one red bell. They’re great for making salsa or stuffed peppers and of course wonderful in burrito sauce or chili.