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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Have you visited the garden lately?

Can you believe it's already April? Where has this year gone so far? We missed February early planting of peas. St. Patrick's Day and potatoes. But we are so ready to get out there and plant some seeds and starts! So are the plants that survive the winter. Despite our apparent neglect, plants know what to do and they get started on their hard Spring work. See what's happening...
Here's the garlic the first grader's planted in the Fall. You can ask a first grader about the garlic, and they will show you which one is "their's." 

This is some kale that overwintered. Kale is one of the most hardy and amazing vegetables out there. It never ceases to amaze. And here's a new thing to try--kale rapini. That's the little flower stalks at the top. It's like broccolini if you've ever had that. Delicious sauteed with olive oil, salt and garlic. Yum!

Oh mint, what will we do with you?

Another traditional crop of Oregon, the hop. As you can see, it is ready to climb. Last year, it wove itself in between the fence slats. I think this year we should give it a nice ladder.

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