After a rainy, cold first half of April the weather turned the corner around the 17th with sunshine and steadily climbing, climbing temperatures. Yesterday and today was in the 80s.
Warm Hot for this time of the year. This morning, watching the birds flitting between the trees and the seed Ed throws out for them, their chattering filling the air, I looked around at all the white blossoms and blooming flowers and marveled at the explosion of growth. The scent from a fragrant flowering tree/shrub reaching over our back neighbor’s fence wafted across the yard, mingling with pear and the first lilacs of the season.
Our apple tree blossoms.
Last night we ate the first asparagus from our garden, two nights ago we ate some of the remaining kale that had wintered over, as well as the small buds and flowers of the broccoli planted last fall.
Ed & I have been spending an hour or two almost every day since last Friday turning the soil in the garden. We till with hand forks in order to keep the earthworms thriving. Sometimes when I’m on my knees removing weeds and roots after turning a fork full o dirt the saying runs through my mind, “Work smart, not hard.” There is truth to that saying but what some people deem as smart might be physically labor saving but is it such a bad thing to engage our bodies in work rather than use gas powered machines and sprays?
Our garden has long been free of pesticides and herbicides, then four years ago we decided to stop churning the ground with a power driven machine. The results in having abundant bird and wildlife in our yard and trees is deeply gratifying.
Friday I dead-headed the flowering dandelions, covered them with boiling water and let them steep for 20 minute, added sugar (next time I’ll use honey), and half a lime then let it cool before draining off the tea and serving it with ice. Dandelion tea is supposed to be good for a person – a Spring tonic. It was slightly bitter but not bad.
This evening I planted strawberry plants in the front flower bed, refilled the hanging basket with new flowers, and put two tomato plants near the sugar peas which were plantedMonday — we are very late getting them in the ground this year! It feels great to finally be planting for food. Rain is predicted Friday through early next week.
Tomorrow we’ll go to the Grandparent Day at Violet’s school then bring her home after lunch at school. Perhaps we’ll plant potatoes before customers arrive from Boise to pick up the Great Wheel they’d commissioned Ed to build for them.