Green in the Garden

Were you outside last weekend? I hope so, because it was gorgeous. It’s starting to look like spring is here to stay, and after last winter, I’m okay with that. I went down to the garden last weekend to see what’s green, both leftover from last year and new for this year.

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The strawberries are, as ever, all over the place. Here they are staking their claim in Phil’s plot.

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Will let his leeks overwinter, and while the tips frosted, the hearts of the plants are still nice and green, even on the little baby ones.

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I live with Will, and I think we’ll be eating a lot of leeks this summer.

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Kim set out some huge pumpkins in the fall, and they collapsed where they stood into 2-D versions of themselves.

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A lot of the kales I spotted are in the same boat as the leeks – some frost damage on the edges but healthy in the center.

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The curly kale varieties seem to have weathered the winter a lot better than the long leaf ones.

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I always wondered what those curly leaves were for, apart from hiding bugs.

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Ken put down oat grass (I think) at the end of the summer, just like our seed swap speaker recommended. I looks to be doing its job.

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I hoped I might see the bees out and about, but maybe it was still a little too cold. With any luck, they’re all inside in a huddle, vibrating to keep themselves warm. We put an entrance reducing screen over the front door to keep mice out. Mice love making nests in warm beehives in the winter.

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My garlic started coming up in January of all times. I thought it was done for, but I have assurances from my horticulturalist dad that it’s very tough. It’s already survived that frigid Valentine’s Day, so I guess he’s trustworthy.

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Keri and Justin have some snazzy water cooler greenhouses protected by guard gnomes.

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I took a peek in one and found lettuce! Real lettuce! The guard gnomes are doing their job well.

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Keri and Justin probably have a hand in it, too.

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