Our sunflowers have been very productive this year! The heads are drooping under their weight, and our tallest one comes in at about 10′ 4″.

A very happy bee.

This one is almost ready for drying. We’ll have to keep an eye on it and claim it before the birds do!

I’m only 5’4″ – it’s fun to know the tallest one is almost TWICE my height!!


Tuesday Morning

I love the fact that is was 7:40 last night when I realized it was still a little light out. And I love that when I see my husband off to work at 5:42 in the morning now, the sun, although not yet risen, delivers enough light to get all the birds up and singing. And… I love light. After so many months of short days, long nights, and seemingly never ending dark, the return of the sun is a wonderful thing. I just can’t get enough of it.

My tomato seedlings are just over two weeks old now and some are starting to push out what looks to be their first true leaves. Once those come in, I’ll transplant them to larger containers. This past Sunday morning, I started my zucchini plants. I’ve figured out a schedule of seed planting based on the packages’ recommended starting times, hoping they will all work out to be ready to hit the garden the last weekend in May or the first weekend in June. I can only keep my fingers crossed that it works out well. All the while, I’m keeping notes in a designated¬†garden notebook. I’ll keep track of everything I do so I can learn from it. I’m counting on a number of failures, this being my first garden and all, but that’s okay. You can’t learn unless you dare to make mistakes.

I recently added a few new links to my sidebar, and one I’d like to highlight is the Local Banquet link. It’s a quarterly publication I pick up around here at co-ops and farm markets for free, but it’s also available on the web. It’s a wonderfully rich publication that stresses the importance of local communities, specifically by focusing on food. Although written only¬†about Vermont, the articles are interesting and can reflect common thoughts and events people of other small communities hold. The website doesn’t do the beautiful print version justice (all the wonderful greens and grays, photos, fancy script, it’s a simple work of art in and of itself), but check it out. You may just like what you see.