Sunday, March 29, 2009

first harvest


Today was a beautiful mild, sunny spring Sunday. While I was out puttering in the garden, I cut some lettuce because the patch was getting very crowded, and realized that this bunch represents the first harvest of the 2009 season! Hooray!

I am really looking forward to a season full of fresh veggies from the garden and the CSA, especially now that it really, really feels like spring. It's been pouring rain for the last week, so dark and dreary. But you know what they say about spring showers... everything is so lush and bright outside now.

This was HWWLLB's birthday weekend (he is 40!), and I think he got Spring for his birthday. The sun peeked out for part of the day on Saturday, but today was just gorgeous and sunny, and we both spent a lot of time wandering through the yard marveling at how everything seemed to have exploded overnight.

The birthday weekend was great. Lots of good food and friends, lots of decadent treats, some board games, a walk at the botanical garden, and a wonderful afternoon half-working, half-lounging in the garden.

I got some weeding done, but the weeding was really just an excuse to poke around and see what was coming up. I just love the feeling when you pull away a big pile of chickweed, and underneath you find something great coming up, like the Spotted Joe Pye Weed that was hiding under mounds of chickweed today. The promise of warm summer days to come.

HWWLLB got another half-finished knitting project for his birthday, but he seemed happy with it despite my slowness (or maybe he's so used to getting unfinished knitted gifts that it doesn't faze him anymore).

His most favorite animal of all time is the sloth, and so I'm making him a life-sized, felted two-toed sloth. The body is just about done, and then I'll start on the legs (including giant claws!). It's been a lot of fun to knit so far, so I hope it will finish up relatively quickly. It's also been fun for me to learn about sloths in the process - and of course I'll be sharing some of what I learned with y'all in an upcoming post, because I do love to share when I learn about some adorable Endangered Ugly Thing. Nature is just so cool.


  1. I have the same kind of lettuce coming up in my garden! I'm amazed to see it, after the unusually cold winter we've had. Yummmm...the first of so much wonderful food to come.

  2. How exciting! There's nothing like harvesting your own produce :)

  3. happy birthday to hwwllb! e has gotten many a half-finished knit for various occasions... he doesn't bat an eye anymore :) i am very excited about seeing the sloth!

  4. Happy Birthday to hubbie! Your lettuce looks so wonderful that I am "green with endive"! My garden is still under about 6 inches of snow. but tonights rain will soon take care of that!

  5. Gee, as I sit here in the bleary Northeast (only the buds, and shivering daffodils are reminding me we're on the verge), it's great to see a BEAUTIFUL head of lettuce smiling at me! It's truly a sign of the earth's renewal. Enjoy!


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