It's Easy Being Green

"Being is the great explainer."
--Henry David Thoreau

There are many good things about St. Patrick's Day. Unfortunately, since getting into landscaping about 12 years ago, I have more often than not found myself raking leaves, pruning shrubs, or even spreading mulch. I have endured blustery winds, unending rain showers, and even a flurry or two. Sometimes, my efforts to get home and enjoy a celebratory brew are further delayed, like last year when I had a blow out on my water trailer.

This year even started on a rough note, as I discovered that the hoophouse had had it's first overnight guest, a field mouse I'm sure. The damage was minor (though I am a little on edge tonight as I write this) as he or she only devoured some early experimental cukes and the casings from the okra and sage, both of which seem to have survived after an emergency operation.

But I refused to give up on this year. I had planned to stay home and work and enjoy a celebratory brew (or two), and it was going to be a good one.
I spent the next few hours tending to starts and transplants, and then moved out into the 65 degree sunshine to work on a much needed construction project with Sarah. I'll get to that later, or tomorrow.

Now is the time for life on the farm to shine.

Mustard Greens

Swiss Chard

Early Mizuna




Red Leaf Lettuce


Bronze Arrowhead

Sanguine Ameliore

Red Stars...

and Wrigley...

and Rosie and Pee Wee

It was a good day.


J said...

Good luck with this years growing season. Mice are a tough creature to control. Hopefully with warm weather approaching they will find another haven to dwell in.

Dad said...

Looking good kiddo!! We're so proud of you for the work you're putting into this. You may want to put a couple of the buckets we talked about in the hoophouse. Your unwanted "guests" may like the peanut butter better than your greens. Dad

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