Now is the time to start planning your summer vegetable garden. In warmer climates (zones 5-9) you can dig right in and get planting, but in colder regions (zones 1-4) it will be best to wait for the last frost (usually late May). Here are a few tips for getting started, including my favorite tip—plant what you love to eat! A backyard vegetable garden connects you to nature, helps you to eat healthy, and allows you to be creative with color and design. Speaking of nature, this ladybug visited my Santa Anna pole beans last summer.