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Monday, April 20, 2009

carrots, kohlrabi, cabbage, and peas

The peas are up, the garlic is almost knee high, the onions are poking out of the ground as we throw mulch to cover their bare shoulders. In the ground, waiting for germination to catapult them into happily growing are colored carrots, purple kohlrabi, cylindrical cabbage, white radishes, golden beets, swiss chard, arugula, two types of kale, and all types of heading and loose leaf lettuces.
The broccoli, cauliflower and celery are happily soaking up today's rain and I'm cursing the plum tree who foolishly burst into bloom the first warm spring day, leaving it vulnerable as always to those last inevitable spring frosts.

This is the time of so much anticipation. This is the first flush of chartreuse in the grass and a bit under the trees. The apple trees have a little green on their tips and the lilac has what looks like baby grape clusters coming on. There is a sweet smell in the air, combined with the rain turning everything into mud means that spring is certainly here.