these were all taken after I got back from cali last year (so these were around the end of april 2011, at the old garden) and this year we're at about the same point, here in the end of march. So a month ahead of last year?!? (...and broccoli was actually growing then because it was still cool. in. april. and may.)
*radishes, choi, chard, beets, broccoli, flowers, and peas (in a container below, look at them roots!) all from last year
*i loved these little brussels but they never really did much :( if your concerned about cabbage worms, pay attention for those "cute" purple butterflies (the grown up version) and sprinkle wood or charchol ash around the base of the plants to ward them off as well! (recyclin'.. always reminds me of a favorite saying 'recyclers do it twice' ..but really, many, many times over!)
*strawberries, peas, and morning glories were just sprouting, all of which are currently growing this time of year!
crazy! and although it is spring, spring has decided to pounce instead of creep this year and there are signs of it everywhere you look! The sidewalks are beautified (yes) with glistening buds and flowers stretching out to greet you, wonderful
and putrid bradford pears smells fill the air and its so fun to see the wonder it produces! (i'm pretty sure I screamed out loud and maybe shed a tear when I saw the first asparaguy peeking through that soil, breaking its first ground here at the treehouse; or when the fig buds started blooming last week, as I was pretty certain i'd killed it over the winter. a friend spoke of the wonder & delight in her daughters eyes while on a nature walk one day, how precious and young it makes us!)
these lettuces are lovely! and delish!
*these beets are almost ready and that strawberry? speckled lettuce is going to be beautiful (just went in)
*lots of lettuces
*onion (or as we like to say after the chef, on-yon) progression
*love hydrangeas and horoscopes. and someone from work made these cute spring time recycled water bottle flowers that are just too cute!
*more pea tendrils, love that word!
*this might be the best salad mix i've ever made: butter lettuce, another leafy lettuce (unsure of the name, but its pink! and light green), spinach, cress, pea tendrils, dandelion greens, chives, and onion greens. i have been in heaven.. *for real- these spinach leaves are the size of my whole hand, love!!!
*a whole beach towel covered with greens! *featured fav pyrex!
*peas in containers at the treehouse, very excited about thems too!
*fern fronds from a recent hike off the parkway.. the one posted earlier was taken this time last year at the disc golf course trails! so cute, or worm-like, say some.. :)
find love in nature. and root there. lady luck!
some tomato starts are growing (that may or may not be ready to go in) and we've pulled a ton of weeds and lettuces and radicchios to make room for more going in. like I mentioned before the brassicas are all shooting to bloom, the weather has just been too hot. But they are yum yum to nibble on straight out of the garden. Berries are blooming and looking absolutely beautiful (straw, blue, black rasp, red rasp, and wine, alike!), matt’s worms are alive and twistin’!, asparagus and remnants of last years plants are popping through everywhere saying ‘hello, don’t forget about me!’ …wherever you look, things are moving and the gardens really looking like a living space. (*for the simplicity of these posts im referring to this garden as ‘ours’ and ‘we’ because I’ve fallen in love with it caring for it half of the time and treat it as if it were my own.. buttttttt, for all intensive purposes, this garden is at my friends house and he has put his heart and soul into his amazing little homestead, with wonderful homemade things occupying every corner of the house and acreage. He truly has it going on; and so, when he needed help taking care of this homestead I was immediately thrilled. And he has his own wonderful ideas for projects and collaborations to help asheville turnip the beet!
...as if the greens weren't enough! here's a freshly laid (then hard-boiled.. his neighbor has a heap of chickens!) and asparagus (from my porch!!!) to top it off!