My garden has seen the light of day for about 3 weeks now, even less than that if you count me removing the mulch I put down last winter, which I did last weekend. In the fall I let a lot of things go to seed, specifically carrots and spinach, and they are usually the earliest things to pop up in the garden. In fact, when I pulled back the mulch, I had tiny leaves of spinach that were actually edible! I also had a couple of whopper carrots that were edible after surviving the winter. Very cool.
But what was the first thing I have eaten out of my garden? My Egyptian walking onions! They made it through the winter with green tops and you can eat them just like green onions. I sauteed them with some red cabbage last night for dinner and I put them in my chicken salad today for lunch. Mmmmmmm!!
But it won’t be long until there’s a lot more early-season goodies to harvest. Okay, pop quiz!! Can you guess what some of these things are growing in my garden? If you don’t know just click on the picture and the caption will pop up! How many of these do you know?
There’s some exciting things happening in my garden. Get this: my globe artichoke survived its SECOND winter and is putting up new leaves! I didn’t get around to starting new plants with the seeds I saved from last year (sorry) but I will try to do that this spring and I’ll plant them this fall so they can overwinter next year. They won’t produce artichokes this year, but that’s okay!
In other exciting news around my little urban farmstead, we have completed the fence around the front yard and the chickens can now roam freely over about 70% of our property now (it’s all they’ll ever get–the last 30% is to be the ‘chicken poop-free zone’). I’ve got some netting up on the boxes I don’t want them getting in right now (spinach, strawberries) and we’re going to put up another fence across the front to keep them out of the garden area so that once we get the really yummy things going, like tomatoes, peas, and peppers they won’t destroy the garden. But for now, I don’t mind them poking around in the garden boxes and finding bugs to eat. I’ve got a bad case of leaf miners, and I’d like the girls to make a dent in the population. And they can help turn the compost, too.
I spent the weekend cleaning up the yard and digging out more plants from mulch and leaves. This place is starting to green up nicely! Time to get some more early season goodies planted. I’d like to start some kale, green onions, celery, and basil. Lots and lots of basal of all kinds–Genovese basil, purple basil, lemon basil, lime basil…it’s all great stuff! The gardening bug has finally hit me after a long winter!