Breaking dormancy – I joked out coming out of personal hibernation on a segment of On The Fire (my cooking show) but I’m not completely kidding. It’s been a long winter filled with writing. I spend a lot of time at the dining room table, tapping out letters that turn into words which turn into sentences that then turn into paragraphs which run into chapters. And then I hit Control + A, highlight all, and delete. Sometimes I delete the words I’ve just written and other times I delete crap I wrote a long time ago and then replace it with something better. I’m happy with the progress I’ve made in the book. Last I checked the word count was 53,000+. Lots of blathering will be whittled down and turned into good writing. Until then, quite a bit more blathering to go, which means less writing here.

The deer haven’t returned to the area yet. The snow is melting at a rapid rate, measurable inches each day. The snow melts, the temperature drops, the water runs off and soaks in, snow freezes until morning, and then the process repeats itself. So far so good, the cellar of this old farmhouse hasn’t flooded. Anyway, with the snow melting now it won’t be long before the deer do come back. I look out to the food plot every time I pass a window on the east side of the house. Nothing yet, not even the turkeys.

We’re eating fresh spinach and wild dandelion greens from the high tunnel! In a week or two there will be enough purslane to add to salads. Beets, chard, boc choi, radishes, lettuce, cauliflower and more are up and growing, albeit slowly. We lost our warm temps to cold nights well below freezing and cloudy days that don’t warm the soil.

Bare feet were in order yesterday. It was nice to get hot and sweaty and have dirty feet by the time my work in the tunnel was over. I pulled weeds and planted seeds, and each bed was soaked with 45° well water. The cold water makes it important to water early in the morning on a sunny day so the soil has time to warm before the sun sinks below the treeline. I seeded four or five varieties of tomatoes and then covered them with straw. Plans for next week (If you know, please don’t comment about it) will keep me from gardening all week. Once that’s over I’ll be transplanting some of the above mentioned seedlings to spread them out, planting more seeds, and waiting impatiently for a tree and seedling order to be delivered in early May. I have plans that I’ll write about it May.

Breaking dormancy – one day at a time. Now if it would simply stop snowing…

Lavender – spent the winter under a bale of straw.

Shuko Pac Choi – great in stir fry, soup, chicken salad and anywhere else you’d use celery.

A red variety of Swiss chard

Volunteer lupine. It will flower this year.

Echinacea – I don’t remember which variety off the top of my head.

Columbine. I’m not sure how many plants are in these groups but it’s quite a few.


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