Everything is looking particularly luscious in northern CA.
It won’t last but for now we are enjoying laying in fresh green grass (without stickers stuck all over our bodies), admiring the flowers dotting the hillsides (before the heat scorches them away) and enjoying the warmth of the sun sinking into our bones (without being boiled in our own juices). It may not officially be spring, but spring has definitely hit us. A friend who has lived in the area her whole life has been insisting that this isn’t spring because there are still some frosts to come but what she doesn’t realize is that in England (even on the south coast) we sometimes had frosts in June which would by no means negate the fact that we felt summer had already started! It’s spring in California regardless of the date of the Vernal Equinox.
Even the chickens know it: they started laying eggs this weekend. Tiny little eggs which they announce by kicking up an almighty ruckus out in the field every single time one of them lays.
We also have the next flush of little hens who are starting to look a little less fluffy as their feathers grow in. I always think they look a little like punks at this stage with feathers at awkward angles and a bit of a martial glint entering their eye!
I’ve gotten a lot of the early planting done: potatoes are in the ground, as well as peas, onions and garlic. Soon the herbs will be sprouting up and the process of blanching, chopping and freezing them in cubes will begin so we can enjoy fresh basil, mint and cilantro all year round.
M. built a salad table this winter which is so great. It’s such a simple thing (a box with wire base- raised up to waist level) but makes keeping lettuce and spinach pest free and looked after very easy. We have a wooden frame over the top for deer netting lest all my work becomes a snack for the local wild life. The best thing about growing lettuce this way is that right now the salad table is in a position to soak in plenty of sun but as the temperatures rise and the lettuce needs a more sheltered position we can move it to the cooler side of the house, extending the lettuce growing season (hopefully) by about a month.
So for all you poor folks still under snow: spring is coming! Fear not!