There’s so much to do every spring but we’ve not really had “spring” weather, it’s been cold and rainy. Now the temps are warming up and a little sun is out some days, so we’re busting butt, trying to get caught up. Today, while I went to town to mail seeds and pick up a truck part for Will’s big red Dodge truck, he got busy and ran the disc over the Wolf Garden. Then, when I got home, he had me open gates for him and he drove the disc down to the North Garden. As it’s late, he wanted to get the ground prepped before rototilling and beginning to plant. I was sure impressed at how nicely the disc chopped up the remaining corn stalks and manure he’d spread earlier. And, as the North Garden is on white clay, I was happy to see how nicely fluffy it had become, despite all the rain. That’s a sure sign that adding lots of rotted mulch and manure changes the composition of difficult-to-work-with garden soil. Before it was just clumps — hard clumps. Each year it’s gotten better and better. We’re pretty happy with that!
As spring is really here, the wildflowers and tree leaves are starting to appear. This morning, the first Marsh Marigolds opened in the drainage through the north pasture. Years ago, there were none. I transplanted one ten years ago. And since then, they’ve spread every year, now creating a yellow path through the woods where it’s wet. So pretty!
The asparagus is going full tilt now. I’ve picked it twice, giving us two scrumptious meals. Now it’s ready to pick again so I plan on canning up that batch. That way, we get to enjoy it during the winter. I use it in omelets, stir-fries, soups, and lots more. We also enjoy eating it raw. (It’s been two years since we spread a layer of manure over the bed, so no bacteria on it.)
The rhubarb is nearly ready to pull too, and I can hardly wait to make my first rhubarb pie! Now if I can just get Elizabeth’s tomatoes transplanted, the Glass Gem popcorn started in flats, my dishes washed, and the laundry done… — Jackie