The lake we live next to is still frozen, but with all the sun we have had the last few days it surely won't stay that way much longer.
Even the garlic is making some headway. We always plant garlic in the fall and hope for a mid to late August harvest. I was thinking of planting some more in the next day or two just to see how well it does in comparison. I wonder if the only difference will be that we end up harvesting in late September? Of course I will have to sneak it out of Mrs. H's pantry, and that my friends will be no easy task.
After a long winter of lazy indifference, Spooky, the elder my three cats and the only one allowed in the garden has come out of hibernation to join me, if the chickens and her can adapt to each other again. When the chickens were just chicks I would clean up their area using an old cat litter bucket to put the waste in. The bucket had a picture of an orange cat very similar to Spooky on it and the birds loved to peck at it when I set it down in their little pen. So now whenever they see our poor old cat they come running, because somewhere in their tiny bird brains an image of mama? or big yummy orange flower? still resides.
Spooky and I moved a few chives to a better spot today and also planted a little arugula in hopes of a head start in adding some zest to our salads, although not big on salads she will nibble on various grasses and has an obvious affection for catnip.
We left a few rows of smaller carrots in the ground this winter just to see how they would handle the cold, snow, and voles. They seem to have fared pretty well and boy do they have a sweet flavor, maybe I will make a habit of leaving some in the ground for spring. I can't imagine digging through 4+ feet of snow to get to them in the cold months, and have no doubt that a covered row would invite voles and mice to have a winter feast, but as an early spring snack...delicious.
Parsnips as well. As hard as it is to get a nice row of them to come up when I plant them, they have no problem self seeding everywhere else, like this one emerging next to our lawn.