Monday, April 18, 2011

Last Year's Growth

I haven't gotten around to planning the garden yet. By the summer, there will be tomatoes, herbs, strawberries, and, if we can get around to building another raised bed, hopefully more. But for now, the garden is as it was left last summer, albeit a pitiful neglected version of itself. So when Zosia and I headed over to see what is what and noticed that our spinach plants not only survived the winter, but are in full yield, it was a surprise to say the least. And, if that's not miracle enough, the bunnies hadn't gnawed them down to the root, either.

Zosia cut each spinach leaf with such care, talking about how she is "a farmer" under her breath.

The before dinner grab. Do you know this one in your household, too?

Dinner was such a wonderful summertime prelude. Spinach, mixed greens, tomatoes, some leftover chicken from last night and red onions tossed with Goddess dressing and corn on the cob. Ben's trying to be gluten free for a couple of weeks to how he feels, so for breakfast and dinner, we're along for the ride with him. So far, so good. Lunch seems to be the tricky part for me. Any suggestions out there?

I wish I could say Lily's delight is purely from eating fresh seasonal greens, but she's actually talking about how she wants "Cookies, cakes, and toys" for her birthday this week. Certainly reason enough to smile, if you ask me.


Lauren Oliver said...

Haha- love it! We'll get her smiling about fresh seasonal greens in no time....

Lauren Oliver said...

And, my garden is (thanks to a plant sale at my favorite area farm a few weeks ago) actually in already- we have two varieties of tomatoes, eggplant, 2 sweet pepper plants, 2 different lettuces, some herbs, and a brussels sprout stalk that looks half eaten but somehow managed to survive the winter (even snow) without me caring for it AT ALL- gotta love those tenacious green veggies! Looking forward to summer's bounty, too!