Gardening for 2011 actually began last November when I planted garlic for the first time. Now unless, you've been under a rock for the past several months, you know we had a particularly wicked winter here in the Midwest. On February 1st and 2nd there was a blizzard that deposited about two feet of snow in our area. And the fierce winds piled up drifts much higher than that. It took three days for me to clear the snow from the sidewalks and driveway. But we gardeners always know that no matter how bad it may be above ground, there is plenty going on underground that is just waiting for the change of seasons. So the first garlic shoots emerging a couple of days ago were a welcome sight. Although the last official frost date for this area is May 15th, it feels much closer now that new growth is emerging.