Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Okay, this time it's here, really. Spring IS here, no joke, right?

We're not fooling around anymore.  All the signs are here, again.  

Most of the songbirds are back, waking us with their delightful shrills and trills each morning, now that we can open the windows for that lovely fresh cool spring air.  
The warmer nights are a promise of seeds popping up from the soil wherest they were planted a couple of weeks ago.  The longer days are providing more light to the hundreds of seedlings waiting to earn their place in your garden beds and our acreage of food plots.  

We had a great time at the North Grenville Sustainability Fair on Sunday.  We saw many familiar faces from years gone by and lots of new eager gardeners-to-be.   

The tomatoes are starting to gain their second, third and fourth leaves.  The precious peppers are still indoors and their leaves are hitting the grow lights.  They're excited about going out in the next few weeks.  They can't get out to the Greenhouse until the plants in the Greenhouse are selectively placed in their plots outside.   The plots outside can't be worked and rowed up until the ground is a tad drier.  What a process!

Meanwhile, in the Herb Department, we have Chives, Sorrel and Thyme available, the Winter and Summer Savory, Cilantro, Tarragon, Sage, Oregano, Parsley and Chervil (at least I think it's chervil-time will tell) are not quite beautiful enough to make an appearance, but they are working on it.  They hope to garnish our plates next week.  

Our Salad Greens contain pretty much everything green which is edible and grows on the property plus edible flowers.  Therefore, every week will be different.  I don't put controversial herbs such as cilantro or chives into the Salad Greens as many people find them - um - too flavourful.   For instance this week, you'll find a mix of spicy greens, mizuna, pepper cress, spinach, lamb's quarters, dandelion leaves, baby kale, lettuce varieties soft and crunchy, arugula, mache, mustards, red orach, parsley, batavian endive, baby chard, tatsoi, colourful pansies - that's all I can think of for now, but there's probably more.  A nice mix, I must say.  

Just keeping you up to date.  
Until next post, have a great every day.  

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