In the Garden

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A slow start to Spring followed by house guests and the family cold that wouldn’t end meant a weekend of playing catch-up in the garden. I harvested and froze 10 cups of rhubarb and made rhubarb syrup for soda. I pulled out tons of Bigroot Geranium to make room for lavender and herbs. I planted raspberry canes and tamed the wild raspberries a little bit. We potted up over forty tomato seedlings, planted lots more greens and radishes in the cold frame and broccoli, kale, onions, fennel and peas in the raised beds. I worked on my culinary herb and tea/tisane garden. And now that we own we can plant perennials – so excited about that. No time or resources to build a deer fence at this very moment so we’re hoping for the best.

We visited a great local nursery (my mum used to go as a kid with her grandparents!) that sells cheap & plentiful transplants and offers a to-die-for selection of marigolds. E enjoyed smelling them and I vowed to return next week to stock up before they sell out.

We had lots of fun with E in the garden. She is very respectful of plants and even planted most of the onions herself with my help. She has really enjoyed the harvests of lettuce, kale, chard and radishes – my 19 month old eats salad! She has her own good quality properly sized tools and loves to dig in the dirt.

My lovely husband constructed a one-of-a-kind rustic arbour out of deadfall from the winter. He is a talented one. It is eight feet high to my five foot seven and I feel kind of like a Hobbit walking through a magical portal.

Gardening was punctuated by simple meals made of our own fresh salad greens, poached eggs from our chickens, homemade cranberry-almond granola, fresh spelt loaves (risen outside in the garden), hard ripened goat cheese, perfectly ripe avocados from the grocery store, and cold microbrew. Just lovely.

{note copied from soulemama If you’re keeping garden notes and photographs and want to share it with the rest of us, do leave a comment with a link so that we may take a stroll through your garden too! It’s a delight to see what and how things are growing all over, and to read the comments with such great gardening wisdom! Thank you all for continuing to share in this little project.}

 

 

 

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