We’re celebrating the first day of Spring by starting our planting today. (Indoors only! There’s still snow on the ground.)
Kale is first on the list, and in a first a for us, Lemongrass.
Every year I swear off tender plants that have to be overwintered in the house, but I’m making another exception for Lemongrass.
We fell in love with Lemongrass when we saw it growing wild on the island of Dominica. It was everywhere! Blew our minds to see it growing like, you know, grass on the side of the road, instead of the hothouse plant we know it as.
And if you know Hawkeye, you know Dominica has become the place that’s first in his heart. He can’t wait to get back there. Until then, we’ll keep practicing a stuffed breadfruit recipe, drinking rum with lime juice, and catching some sights of the West Indies on these fun sailing channels on YouTube:
It’s a humid 95° and I’m taking a break, hiding indoors, catching up on computer work. We’ve been planting and watering, planting and watering, for about 6 weeks. I’m starting to get pooped but the garden is so exciting right now! Birds, bees, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, and a deer sighting! Flowers popping, green jumping up everywhere. Even a resident garter snake. And lots to eat! Makes me want to spend every minute there.
We’re harvesting Shiitake and Kale for market, and lots of herbs including Sorrel, Spearmint, Chocolate Mint, Chives, Garlic Chives, Tarragon, Oregano, and Sage (found an awesome recipe for Sage Blossom Pesto in my online wanderings today, btw).
Still a few things left to plant- a slew of Hot peppers and Basil mainly. I might pretend I don’t see them waiting for the next couple of days….
Hope you’re enjoying a break on this holiday weekend, too 🙂
It’s finally moving day! We’re turning Hawkeye’s photography studio into ‘farm central’ so we can have all our plant projects under one roof. I’m so psyched- I’ll have a big space to play herbal mixtress in and we’ll be able to keep the paperwork organized!
We’re going to start moving into the studio this week, but probably won’t have time to get fully settled in until Summer. Planting season is upon us!
I’ve been seeding kale, chard, and leeks inside this week, and have spinach sprouting in the hoophouse. Lots of spinach over-wintered in our cold frame too, along with a glorious patch of chickweed and a few dead nettle which are flowering.
Serious beauty on a busy road 2/3 mile from downtown…. You could almost call it Paradise 😉