Well, it looks like you may possibly be able to take off your winter coat and start clearing the garden and get ready to plant. If you are lucky, you own a backpack leaf blower (the Greatest Invention Ever), not to mention a loving husband who will get out there and use it (perhaps the Second Greatest Invention ever?), which will drastically shorten the distance between you and the actual planting. If not, just get your butt out there and start cleaning out the beds. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Maybe you can bribe the kids?
Once that’s done, or before, if you are impatient like so many gardeners are, you can shop for your seeds. Don’t put your seedlings in the ground before the last week of May; it’s not worth the potential heartache. Also, check your stash from last year; there just might be some folded over half filled packages that you can start with. You may even find some full packages that you forgot you had. Note to self: It’s better to find those before you buy more of the same ones.
It’s okay to plant lettuces, spinach, and some annual herbs now. You can get a good start on your Italian garden, but the operative word is start.
Here’s some ideas for what to plant: Italian flat leaf parsley, Italian basil, Italian lettuces: escarole, Lolla Rosa, Rosalita-all found at the Agway in Arundel.