The three big chicks are all still very friendly and curious; one of them really enjoys sitting on our hands and getting comfy. Another--the boisterous chick--always comes barging over when we come by, and when we offer treats the strong tiny chick is the first to rush up and grab some; it can run right underneath the big chicks. The little weak chick runs away crying if we open their box, or even look at it.
And now on to gardening. Last year I sowed sorrel seeds and we enjoyed a moderate harvest in the summer. A perennial, they began shooting up again last month, and I'm amazed at the growth on them. They are a bit too sour when cooked plainly, but chopped and added to a tomato sauce, make a great veg addition. It's so nice to have a vegetable from the garden at this time of year! We've had sorrel a couple times a week for a few weeks now. Franklin likes to pick and eat them fresh.
It's not the first vegetable of the year though. I have harvested a couple leeks, which were sown last spring too; I still have around a dozen left, but it's about time to get them out of the bed to make room for my beans. I also have some leftover chard, cabbage (greens, not heads), and of course the rhubarb, all of which have been sampled this spring.
My onion sets are coming along beautifully, and I have carrot seedlings popping up in my two big planters. My beet seedlings in the ground seem to be still alive (they were badly mauled last year by slugs). I bought extra seeds as a precaution.
|Onions growing nicely|
And of course, I've got flowers coming up everywhere. I've planted out about 10 different kinds of flowers grown from seed (marigolds, cosmos, nicotiania, clary, etc), and have plenty of familiar faces blooming now: tulips, iris, bluebells, honesty. My two cherry trees are covered in blossom, as is the berberis (an amazing orange), my new Asian pear, the two apples, and the red and black currants. My plum tree flowered for the first time and is forming tiny fruits; I'm very excited about it and about the little almond tree. Last year we got our first almond harvest (25 nuts) and the tree looks much more full and leafy this year. And there are two little figs forming on my tiny fig tree!
|Main veg garden with white cherry blossom and red tulips|