Als ich wisse das Morgen der Erde enden wuerde, immernoch wurd ich mein Apfelbaum pflanzen.

Even if I knew the world would perish tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree. - Martin Luther

"Factory work's easier on the back, and I don't mind it, understand, but a man becomes what he does. Got to watch that. That's why I keep at farmin' although the crops haven't ever throve. It's the doin' that's important." Madison Wheeler in Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Garden Almanac Mid April

It's a rare quiet afternoon while I write this.  A few minutes ago it was chaos in here.  The kids had set up an obstacle course and were jumping over, climbing under and generally being loud and crazy and the Woodsman was talking about the upcoming marathon and his current progress.  Within a few minutes they all headed outside.  The kids to play in the driving rain; the Woodsman to drive in the truck  - just to see what's happening out there.  I am left with the sound of the rain on the roof, a cup of good coffee and time to write about what's happening in my garden.

It seems like it took forever for anything to happen out there, but now that we're finally getting rain there are peas (Green Arrow and Cascadian), lettuce (Pine Tree Garden Mix, New Red Fire, Forellenschluss), spinach (Tyee), carrots (Chantenay, Yellow, Nantes), radishes (Easter Egg, French Breakfast), broccoli (Waltham), cauliflower (Cheddar), Cabbage (Glory of Einzhunken, Late Danish Ball Head, Chinese), greens (Giant Red Indian Mustard, Dinosaur Kale, Bright Lights Swiss Chard, Collards), potatoes (Kenebec, Red Norland, Yukon Gold ), beets (Lutz), red, white and yellow onions and lots of asparagus.  The herbs are also coming back - chives, garlic chives, chocolate mint, spearmint, peppermint, lemon balm,  and catnip - actually, this self-seeded and is taking over the lower corner of the garden, I'm leaving it for the beneficials (at least for now).  There are also a bunch of volunteers - mostly lettuce and sunflowers.  Nothing better than playing in the dirt.

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