What does a blogger do when she's had pretty much an all-around unfortunate and unhappy week? She's a lucky one, this blogging woman, because better times usually have a way of finding her.
Reader Judy M. from southern Vermont contacted me this week, said she was going to be in St. Albans, and could we meet for breakfast Saturday. Then as we talked, we planned a trip to Gardener's Supply as well.
She brought along her friend and fellow gardening enthusiast Julie, who proclaimed she doesn't knit! To which I replied, "That's good, because NEITHER DO I [much]!" Three kindred souls thus established, we were off.
We ate and gabbed at Libby's Diner (I had the most delicious black-bean-and-sausage frittata), and then braved the pouring rain along with seemingly every other gardener in Chittenden County (based on looking at the parking lot) to converse in botanic Latin together. It was the perfect day out for gardeners on a day when it was just too wet, cold, and drizzly for doing anything else.
A welcome sight: veggie plants for sale at Gardener's Supply
Julie and Judy brought me eggs from their own chickens, some of which promptly became supper last night, with asparagus, mushrooms & spinach. Ommmmmmmmmgggggggggg.
Isn't it cute?
(And Judy, I lied!)
I told Judy that I had not seen any sign of asparagus yet, but there it was waiting for me when I came home. This is in my old, well established asparagus bed. I even saw a tiny nubbin of a spear poking up in the new bed that I planted last year:
Can you see it? That little phallic thing at about 6:30, bottom center-left of the photo?
So then I could not help myself: I lugged 320 pounds of potting soil up the hill (40 lb. at a time) in the cold drizzle, and proceeded to plant 25 strawberry plants.
My lovely friends from the Northeast Kingdom, I apologize for this, because you don't want to hear it: All the recent rain (For you it has been snow. Don't hit me.) has been very good for things. Lots of growth is showing on the garlic, the onion sets, and all the seeds I planted at the beginning of April (many varieties of lettuce, micro-greens, bok choy, spinach, beets, radishes). Still no sign of peas, though.