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March 28, 2012

spring is here!

last week’s equinox was just one more warm day in a 2-week spell of unnerving, record-breaking heat. each day has brought something new waking up, and much earlier than usual: two weeks ago the garlic shot up 6 inches in 3 days. our cane berries began leafing out faster than we could get them pruned. the apricots bloomed last week, now the peaches, and apple blossoms are on the way.

i started sowing in the greenhouse on february 28, so we’re now a month into seedlings, with 3/4 of the bench space full. with temperatures up past the 90’s in the greenhouse on many sunny days in the past couple of weeks, our seedlings are growing faster too. there is a feeling of acceleration everywhere, exacerbated by frequent winds (35 mph today).

the winter turns out to have been quite mild as well. our last fall bed of spinach, planted a bit optimistically late in september has greened up fully and put on new leaves. i put some on homemade, gluten-free pizza this weekend with pesto, blue house dried tomatoes and feta, to rave reviews. we also have overwintered collards whose new tops are quite tasty. it’s a feast of green in this usually lean time of year.

when i’m not sowing, thinning, watering, fertilizing, weeding and rearranging in the greenhouse, there’s plenty to do outside. recently i’ve pruned currants and perennial herbs, taken the straw off the strawberries, tilled all the fall brassica beds and planted triticale and field peas for cover crop, and sowed peas, arugula, dandelion greens and spinach outdoors in our first beds of the year, just before last thursday’s rainstorm watered them in.

i’m enjoying getting back into the physical work, seeing the daily changes in the plants, having silent conversations with cows, watching the bees go in and out of the hives. each year i farm the rhythms of the seasons live more fully in me, sweeping me up in their constant dance.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. cindy permalink
    March 28, 2012 10:54 am

    Sounds so lovely – to be living and working with nature! How lucky you are.

    • thea maria permalink*
      March 29, 2012 11:41 am

      I do feel lucky!

  2. Lorna permalink
    March 28, 2012 2:00 pm

    Amazing to see the profusion of plants in your greenhouse! Yesterday, I added all three leaves to my dining room table and covered it with a tarp to make an indoor greenhouse for the seeds I sprouted in jars. It is still too cold and windy and rainy to plant them outdoors. It is not very warm in my house, but at least they are protected from wind and frost and are receiving some warmth and light from full spectrum light bulbs during the day.

    My year-round volunteer kale is loving the rain, shooting up, producing large sweet leaves and flowers. The kale, celery, chard and broccoli I planted in the fall made it through the winter. Daffodils, calendula, purple sage and lamb’s quarter are blooming throughout the garden. All last summer, the calendula was bright yellow, but when the weather turned cold, the blossoms changed to deep orange. The comfrey died during our last spell of unseasonal heat, but has made a comeback. When Susan was here, I helped her prune and fertilize the raspberry bushes.

    • thea maria permalink*
      March 29, 2012 11:50 am

      glad that your veggies are growing!

  3. Kim permalink
    March 28, 2012 6:06 pm

    Very inspiring and refreshing post, Thea!

  4. Tracy Dixon permalink
    March 29, 2012 9:14 pm

    beautiful, rich and inspiring, Thea. Thank you!

    • thea maria permalink*
      March 29, 2012 9:35 pm

      thank you for reading!

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