the garden emerges

the garden emerges

I have spring fever and I have it bad. This is a kind of fever that it is good to have, right? Winter is losing its grip on us. The garden is beginning to emerge from beneath all the snow and what a welcome sight it is. Currently it is 53F (11C) outside. The ground is still frozen though but one thing at a time. I should be getting the catalog for the big annual plant sale Bookman and I go to every year sometime this week. Anticipating the pleasure of going through that catalog and choosing plants to buy for my garden is sending shivers up and down my spine and making me twitch. I can’t sit still.

Because I can’t sit still, I made Bookman help me prune Bossy the apple tree in our front yard this afternoon. It was so nice to be outdoors without a coat on. Glorious. Warm enough to be fine while moving around but not warm enough to sit out yet. But soon, soon. Maybe next weekend. The week ahead won’t be nice, rain/snow forecast almost every day. April showers starting early. The good thing about rain is that I don’t have to shovel it and it makes the snow melt faster.

Getting prune-y

Getting prune-y

The worms are not being so very cooperative in moving to the side of the bin with fresh bedding in it. Some of the worms have moved house but there are a lot that haven’t. So I pushed their old bedding into an even smaller pile and added more fresh bedding, food and some calcium (to promote wormy reproduction). When I was done I had dirt under my nails, almost like I had been outdoors, it made me a bit giddy. I told Bookman after he got home from work yesterday that I had gotten my hands dirty in the worm bin. He looked at me and said, “you know that’s worm poo, right?” Ah Bookman, thanks for that.

I’d like to report great success in the making of sauerkraut. And it was so incredibly easy. Therefore there will definitely be cabbage growing in the garden this summer. We are hoping the garden will yield a bumper crop of radishes and cucumbers this year so we may try fermenting those too. So exciting!

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