April 27, 2012
i took this photo this morning after harvesting some greens from the garden. it’s a nice mix of lettuces and kales with cilantro thrown in as well. there was the most beautiful, delicate frost on the greens and i was glad i was able to get a glimpse of it before we move into milder weather . our combination of greens planted this spring has made for a great salad mix this season, and i’m far from tired of it. we also have some nice mild radishes coming up. we do have some beets coming up, but not many, so i’m glad i planted another row. the carrots are coming along nicely but i’m going to have to get in there and clear out the invasive cilantro that seems to be taking over the garden so it has a chance. anyone for guacamole? hummus with lots of cilantro? green smoothies, heavy on cilantro?
in the last week we have made a few purchases. we bought a new car. even though my car is still running it’s getting a bit scary with 220,000 miles on it. in keeping with my philosophy of buying secondhand i found a volvo v70 station wagon on craigslist from a very nice couple in la salle. what will become of my car? richard found a tractor in tonica and they are willing to take a car in trade for it. we’ve also acquired a 16′ mohawk canoe and a tandem bicycle. we took the canoe out on a small lake sunday and had a great time. we rode a tandem bike when we were in new harmony, indiana and loved it. i think we are set for summer fun, don’t you?
April 17, 2012
this is the the kind of natural happening that i look forward to in spring; what a thrill to witness nature in action. there is so much happening all around us in the natural world, we just have to be open to it.
i have been reading the earth moved;on the remarkable achievements of earthworms by amy stewart. i’m sure it’s only going to add to my admiration of the earthworm ( yes, it’s true, i generally kiss all earthworms i come in contact with). ms. stewart is one of my favorite authors having also written another one of my favorite books concerning the natural world; wicked plants; the weed that killed lincoln’s mother & other botanical atrocities. the follow up to that is her latest book and is also next on my reading list; wicked bugs; the louse that conquered napoleon’s army & other diabolical insects.
it’s a beautiful day today and i should be getting my nose out of books and to work outside now that the strong winds have subsided.
i hope that the weather is beautiful wherever you are in the world.
April 10, 2012
last week, richard and i went to southern indiana to visit his sister who lives near evansville. along the way we stopped and stayed at the old rooming house in new harmony, indiana. new harmony was a site used first by george rapp and then robert owens as a social ‘utopian’ experiment; an early attempt at an intentional community i guess you could say. it’s a beautiful town and many of the buildings and structures used by the rappites and owenites have been preserved.
during our trip, the temperatures were summer-like (mid 80’s!) and we actually went swimming in the lake at lincoln state park after a hike. the water was a little chilly, but to me it seemed like the first time you go in in early june; a little chilly at first, but after you get in it feels great.
now that we are back home, the weather is more seasonal, with a freeze warning just last night. no worries in the garden as everything we have growing there is cool weather hardy. in fact, our veggies seem to thrive when we have a dip in the temperature. we did cover the grape vine and peony however. one thing that is noticeably absent this spring is rainfall. we have actually watered our gardens several times so far, and i can’t say that i remember ever having to do that this early in the year. richard mentioned that we are 2 inches behind in rainfall, so i’m a bit concerned about what’s in store for the gardens this summer.
so far we have been enjoying fresh greens; i have been harvesting ruby red lettuce that i started early in our cold frame and to that i add emerging lettuce thinnings, early radish thinnings, volunteer kale and cilantro. every now and then i pull a small carrot that has overwintered and add that too. just in the last week our asparagus has popped up. it all adds up to some yummy meals!