Wa-HOO! I harvested our first salad greens today before breakfast. And you know how long I've been craving some fresh, crispy, nutritious, delicious greens from the garden! Not much lettuce in the mix yet, but lots of spinach, mizuna, arugula, kale and Scarlet Frill.
Also plucked our first radishes from the lovely soil. Even with all our cold, not-friendly growing weather this year, this first harvest is a full two weeks earlier than the first harvest last year. How did that happen? Well, I definitely did plant my salad bed extremely early this year, but because it took so long to germinate and then put on some size, I never would have guessed I would actually make the first harvest on this date. Just goes to show I need to have more patience (and maybe faith!) when it comes to "growing our own."
We actually have had some warm weather the past few days, and the garden shows it.
Our new asparagus has sent up lots of 1/4" round spears which I will mound with soil today.
The new strawberry plants are producing blossoms which I'm dutifully (sob) removing so the strength goes to the plants this first year.
Flowers I planted in the garden from seeds are sprouting. Most of them, that is. Red Phlox is still a no-show, and it's past time when they should have germinated.
My carrots sprouted in record time as did the dill and cilantro.
Cherry tomatoes and eggplants are flourishing inside their respective Wall O' Water cocoons.
This is the stage of the garden (when I can actually see the results of my efforts) when I start to get very enthused, excited and make my early daily morning walks through the garden talking to the plants and checking how they are all doing. Life is good!
I live with my husband on a small homestead in Northeastern Minnesota. Our daughter (Beyond the Fork in the Road) currently lives in a small cabin in the woods not too far from us.
Our place is located outside a small tourist town and a two and a half hour's drive from the nearest big city. Trips to the city are infrequent, well-planned, and exhausting!
We currently raise chickens and have hives of honey bees. Raising some of our meat and most of our fruits and vegetables is a priority for us; so, along with our birds for meat and eggs, we have fruit trees, berry patches and a huge vegetable garden.
Quilting is my passion, and I could happily spend each day in my quilt studio if I weren't happily spending each day out in the garden. Good thing we have winters up here; Mother Nature helps keep my life balanced.
Home and Household Manager (Highly-Skilled Domestic Engineer)
Wife of Retired School Teacher (I Really Enjoy Having Him Home)
Mother of Grown Child (I Am So Proud of Her)
Fanatic Gardener (So Many Seeds, So Little Summer)