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Countdown to Spring

Countdown to Spring

Ready for sunshine, warmth and flip flops, anyone?  I am done with winter and am moving on, at least mentally, to spring.

Lately I’ve been fantasizing about the moment when I see that first bit of lovely, pale green shoot coming from the soil and I know that in no time there will be fresh food on the table.  I realize it’s February and this moment is down the line a bit, but that doesn’t really matter, because I’m in dream phase, which is almost as good as that first bite of strawberry or sniff of chives.  Possibilities are endless and I am determined to enter some previously unknown realms. [Read more...]

Edible Garden

Our edible garden is a work in progress, the shape of it dictated by what draws our eye at the nursery and what has succeeded in the past.  This year we have:  two kinds of peas, carrots, mini watermelons, chives (which survived the winter), two kinds of mint, baby tomatoes, rosemary, cilantro, lemon verbena, strawberries, raspberries, Concorde grapes (think juice, not wine) and a few varieties of lettuce.  Though not a huge garden, it meets our needs in a few ways:  anticipation (have you experienced the feeling of finding the season’s first strawberry or tomato?  It is awesome.); fresh food (ok, not a lot of food, but a little and so yummy); satisfaction (all of us, including Sophie, find gardening relaxing and rewarding).

Some things we like to do with what we pick: [Read more...]