There were two harvests today; mostly lettuce. In the morning I harvested 3 heads for my partner’s end of the year departmental picnic. Then in the evening I harvested one rather larger head and two arugulas (which I pulled out completely instead of doing the cut-and-come-again thing because of their proximity to the brussels sprout) for dinner. Today was a rather salady day.
I also discovered something pretty cool at the picnic. It’s only garden related in a mr. miyagi sort of way. But there were a couple of girls at the picnic, one of whom is taking gymnastics. So gymnastics broke out. It turns out I can do a cartwheel and a bridge. I honestly haven’t tried a cartwheel since I was about 12, but I haven’t been able to do a bridge for a couple of years because I just didn’t have the upper body strength to lift my head off the ground once I got all properly contorted. In fact, I could not do a bridge in march. So while putting in all these new beds hasn’t made me a svelte little thing, it has at least gotten me into better shape.
Two of the gooseberries have started to get leaves: the leepared and the jahns prairie. The pixwell has yet to do anything, but I’m going to give it time. It was the only one that actually managed to ship dormant, given the lateness of the shipping. The other two had some disturbingly yellow budding (from opening up in a box instead of outside) going on. Its the only variety I can get locally (where by locally, I mean a good 3 hour drive away, but on the same coast as me), so it will be substantially less effort to replace if it doesn’t wake up.
The yucca seems to be flowering as well, which is just wacky. I wouldn’t have expected it. Those things only flower once every lots of years, unless this is some bizarre variety I’m unfamiliar with (which is possible, this being the crazy, exotic northeast and not the southwest where all my intuitions developed). The creeping thyme is also flowering, but that’s less dramatic.
thyme (creeping): coccineus Flowering
Gooseberry: Jahns Prairie Breaking Dormancy
Gooseberry: Leepared Breaking Dormancy
Lettuce: spring Harvesting