Hey veejer, this is a great thread, and I'm very glad that you started it, so THANKS! I'm glad to see that Gutmutter's already been in here, 'cause when I have questions about Massachusetts stuff she'll probably know the answer.
I used to be a real hard-core vegetable gardener but I haven't had one here in Massachusetts since the early 1980s. I had veggie gardens when I lived out west but the conditions are so different that I'll be starting from scratch out here this Spring. I've decided to limit myself to growing two things outside this year: (1) tomatoes and (2) catnip.
I'm thrilled that I will get to gorge myself on home-grown tomatoes and not have to deal with those pesky stickers that I've complained about in the "Pet Peeves" thread, and I'm thrilled that I'll have enough catnip to keep all the kitties I know as high as kites for months.
If any FORT cat owners (gabriel, Gutmutter, hepcat, Jewelsy, Marleybone, misskitty and all the rest whom I don't have time to list) want any catnip please just let me know and I'll be glad to mail you some. I'm sure I'll have a ton of it, and I'll grow more next year, too.
If only there was such a thing as "dognip" I'd grow that, too, but one of my coworkers reassured me the other day when he said, "Pom remember, to a dog everything is "nip." I cracked up when he said that, and I think he made a really good point.
Anyway, I'll start some seeds indoors soon, and then I'll throw 'em out back in the little garden plot that my neighbors used to use. I'm thrilled, 'cause it's the first time in years that I've felt well enough to go out there and commit myself to a summer of gardening. I wish I didn't give away that rototiller I used to own when I lived in Colorado, but it would have gone to waste 'til now, anyway.