Saturday, April 9, 2011

Happy Spring

If you want to call it that here in central PA. It has been very cold, damp, raining - and yes, we even have had snow in the last few weeks, depending on how high your property is.

This is the weirdest spring for us in a lot of ways. First, there is no real garden planted. Normally, St. Patrick's day would be the day we put in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and plant onion sets, spinach and peas (not together). Normally, I would put a few lettuce, carrot, and beet seeds out to see when the soil warms enough for them to germinate (that's the time to plant them). But this year, there has been carnage to the vegetable garden. Most of my herb garden is gone - I was happy to see a few stragglers I can rebuild with:
The Lady's Mantle is coming back pretty well.

A few pretty flowers for encouragement

Sure, there's one echinacea making a valiant effort, as well as a yarrow - but most of the gardens have been flattened, muddied, and are barren. What could cause this kind of destruction?

Yea - we still LOVE them and our lives revolve around them :-)

None to fear - there is plenty in the greenhouse gardens to eat:




Romaine Lettuce

An over-wintered Swiss Chard, and


In a year where the economy and radiation are both looming threats, we are thankful for our greenhouse. Food costs are increasing at an alarming rate, and pesticides, herbicides, and genetically-modified produce is getting harder and harder to avoid, we encourage everyone to grow at least some of their produce this year. 

Here's to a healthy growing season!
Peace, Love and Laughter,
Dharma Dogs