And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant”
A Lettuce Harvest!
This week we thinned the overwintered lettuces that have begun growing again. We got a nice harvest of various baby lettuces, mizuna, and mache. It was only a few months ago that we were so glad to see the last of the Fall lettuce used up but now we’re ready for salads again! I suppose that’s one of the benefits of eating seasonally – once you get tired of something, the season is over and you move on to something different.
The tomato and pepper seeds we started last weekend have slowly begun to sprout under the grow lights and the celery and cabbage seedlings continue to do well.
The kale, mustard, lettuce, radishes, and spinach we direct sowed three weeks ago finally began to sprout this past week. We were starting to get concerned but it may have just been that the wildly fluctuating temperatures of early spring weren’t conducive to seed sprouting.
Yesterday, we direct seeded more kale, carrots, callaloo, and mustard. We also did some general garden cleanup and removed the season extension covers and supports from most of the beds that had them. Earlier in the week we purchased our seed potatoes (Red Pontiacs and Kennebecs) from the local garden center and set them in the sunroom to begin chitting. We are planning to plant them out in the garden on the 20th (the first day of Spring!)
We also have Cilantro, Oregano, and Lettuces that have survived the winter in the porch rail boxes.
It’s good to have the garden waking up from the winter season!
I went Quail hunting this week with my father, and brought home plenty for the freezer. Next week’s menu will include Quail Stew, a recipe I was told by a delightful lady at the Quail farm. Expect the recipe to be posted here subsequently, hopefully with lots of nice pictures. It is a variation on the old coastal Oyster Stew recipe I learned as a young man.