Still waiting...

Weather wise,we've had a sampling of everything over the past few weeks, (except for sunshine.)

The surrounding native plants and trees seem to be budding and blooming, but if veggies aren't in a greenhouse, they are just sitting there shivering.

The transplants of spinach,kabouli beans, broccoli raab, and cabbages haven't changed in 2 weeks, I swear. The peas are growing, but not as fast as they usually do. The last of the overwintered spinach came out of the cold frame this weekend, enjoyed the

first handful of arugula,the cutting lettuce is just about ready. And I'm tucking the next lettuce in there instead of outside. It's the end of April! I want salad! Every day.

Started work at the farm this week, but we weren't harvesting buckets-ful of asparagus, as we typically would be by now.

Since the weeds don't care if the sun's out,  we spent 4 hours a day on our knees crawling down row after row of asparagus beds, getting a jump on those tiny little bindweed forests before they take hold and begin their strangulation of the spears.We had plenty of encounters with thistle, quack grass, horsetail and dandelion as well, the thrill of pulling occasional foot long unbroken roots breaking up the monotony of the work. I won the prize for the week though, with a horsetail root taller than me! (Imagine the 'fish was THIS big' pose here!)

So for now we only dream about the taste of the season's first asparagus, gazing longingly at California food blog pictures of luscious asparagus recipes, because here in northwest Washington, we're still waiting.

Win some Season's Gleanings cards!

For once I was GLAD it was a rainy day. I had a big card order to fill on a short timeline. So I cued up some Pandora tunes, mixed up a big jar of paste, and dreamed of sunny days to come while I worked...

Here's the link to a review about Season's Gleanings, and a chance to win some cards too! Don't delay; offer ends soon!


An Austin Homestead  http://anaustinhomestead.blogspot.com/

is written by a fellow ETSY shop owner, Miranda R Mueller, talented soap maker, http://nudesoap.wordpress.com/  artist, illustrator, www.MirandaRMueller.com and avid gardener, and is a great blog filled with recipes and gardening info.In Miranda's words, her blog is... " a place of documentation for all my 'farm mama' exploits, and is my small attempt at educating and enlightening the public about the joys of living responsibly and in excellent health."

I hope you'll go check her blog, and GOOD LUCK on winning some of my cards!

Soon the days will be filled with creating new designs rather than pasting them.