I stood over the sink during the second wash. Most of the dirt was already down the drain and I was now searching for dried sections on the onion shoots. I had just pulled about forty green onions from My Little Victory Garden so Mick could help me get the dirt ready for early Spring planting.
Here is what a clean, fresh palette looks like to a garden artist. Wow...imagine the possibilities!
I continued to clean the lettuce that had grown over the winter, but it was rough, tough and not really great to eat. I decided to give the deer a treat so I washed it up a bit and left it over the back fence for them to find tonight.
About 1.5 gallons of spinach was the last of the Winter harvest. I treated the small leaves kindly. They were crisp and responded to my kitchen shears as if they had been to vegetable etiquette school. Well done, spinach...we're eating you today!
After I finished cleaning the onions, spinach and helping the deer with a lettuce dinner, I packaged the onions for my daughters who were coming over for dinner tonight. But not before I tried the blackberry dessert I'd just made. For the record, it passed with an A-.
There they are: one for Rachel, one for Rylee and one for Mick and I!
It was fifty degrees outside with zero wind. Mick had just tilled the garden so I got to visit my secret drawer. I stood on my tiptoes in the garage, pulled down this container and my knee protector and headed outside!
The first package I pulled out of the drawer is my favorite. It's almost time to plant it, but not quite. I've had these seeds for two years. I purchased them at Blenheim Palace because the package was so irresistible. I mean, can you get any more English Country Garden poetic than "Clove Gillyflower?" I think they're carnations, but the language on the package was so dreamy to me and the notion of making jelly with their petals...yes! I closed my eyes and imagine tea, scones, fresh butter and Gillyflower jelly. And I stood there for just a little while to savor the thought.
Okay, what do we have here? Cabbage, lettuce, green onion, dill and rainbow Swiss chard. Oh bummer...no spinach. I have no idea why I have a packet of cabbage and green onion seeds. I always buy onion bulbs or sets, and cabbage plants. Okay - what the heck, I'll use them and see what happens.
These are my favorite early Spring harvest - the Swiss chard. Sauteed with green onions, raisins and balsamic? I could eat that dish every single day.
The empty, crumpled seed packets went into the compost.
I knelt down to look at my dirt. I saw a tiny thread of garlic root I had pulled earlier that day. Even after all the tilling it was resting on top of the soil...ready to give up what it had to go back into the seeds I just planted. That tiny, white root was my reminder that the circle of food-life was alive and well.
As I turned to go inside and begin dinner, I decided to look at my new garden-to-be one more time. Laying flat on top of the wall was something needing attention! I ran back and picked it up, looked around for the right spot, and sunk the prongs into the soft earth. There…NOW the garden can Begin!