Shhh. Don't tell the weather people or they'll spoil it on me. We've had sunshine since Saturday. Lots of wind, but sunshine! Oh happy day!
I thought I'd show some garden progress of my individual plants this week. First up is my spinach. I know the tall blur is a grass. I pulled it out. Is the spinach supposed to look like this? How tall will it get? Here's what I know about spinach: (a) Enter your supermarket. Stay to the left, in the fresh produce aisle. Scan for dark green leaves in a cello bag. That's spinach. It needs to be washed a LOT. (b) After you leave the produce, head for frozen foods. Search for the brick. That's spinach. Cook slowly, and work hard at breaking it up as it cooks. More spinach wisdom is needed, I'm certain.
Mesclun Mix. Sorry, Christo, I won't be sending this, because it doesn't look ugly. You specified that you wanted the ugly mix.
Kale. What is it anyway? I'm not sure, but I planted it. Maybe I'm a bonehead, but I'm optimistic that I can think of something fun and exciting.
Red lettuce. Woo-hoo! It's looking good. Carrots above it, chives to the left, the edges of a tomato plant above the chives. Do you feel like you're playing in the dirt yet?
The boys pulled a couple of test carrots. Small, but fabulously sweet. Do you feel more like you're in the dirt? The boys did, and being boys, loved every second of it.
More mesclun mix. This is so pretty it doesn't even deserve the name, I think.
And I found a perfect way to wash said lettuce. Fill the sink with cool water. Dump in leaves. Stir gently. Fish out one by each. Grubby ugly things get left behind, including a drowned slug; you can see the dirt particles in the water if you look really carefully. But I'm enjoying my salads, even though I still have to buy tomatoes and cukes to put on top of them.
How are your gardens growing?