Monday, April 27, 2009

Warm weather!

It has been blissfully warm here. Up in the mid 80's! I'm pretty sure this is unheard of for this time of year, but you don't hear me complaining! For the rest of the week, we are predicted to drop to the normal temp of mid 60's and lows in the mid 40's. Bah! I'd much rather have the wonderful temps of this past weekend, with lows in the mid 60's and barrels of sunshine.

The garden is coming along nicely. The onions have started breaking ground, the asparagus is growing like mad, and the seeds are all germinating. I can't get over this: Saturday morning, we took a peek at the garden and noticed a couple of onion tops coming up and some asparagus nearing the picking point. By evening, there were three times as many onions up, the ones that had been up had grown at least an inch, and the asparagus was ready to pick! Amazing what will happen with a bit of sunshine to warm the soil, huh?

I've harvested enough asparagus to cook (if you don't get enough on the first picking, put what you harvest in a glass of cold water in the fridge to keep it crisp) so we'll be having that for dinner. Fresh asparagus is amazingly different from that green mush in a can.

It's still too early to put out the rest of the garden; we are a couple of weeks away from the last frost date. But we did manage to extend our garden by 2000 square feet over the weekend in preparation for the oodles of green bean plants and other goodies. In fact, we'll go another 2000 sf at some point during this week. I have a lot of seedlings ready to go into the ground as soon as the weather promises to stay warm.

That's about it for an update. This time of year is usually hectic, but even more so this year with my return to work. Things are still great with the new job. I've lost my winter weight, already have a tan, and am building muscle in places I didn't know I could. lol The family is adapting nicely to my working, and DH has demonstrated an amazing culinary ability that I forgot he possessed.

Life is good here. Hope it's great for all of you, as well.


S Vandemore said...

We had a few days of unseasonable warm weather as well here in Nebraska, but that always means storms and rain afterwards. We managed to get some chores done while the sun shined, but this weekend was a basic washout. Yes, still a couple of weeks away from planting the seedlings -- then the work really begins! Hope you have a great week as well. :)

Daclaren said...

We were enjoying the same warm weather streak here, too. I even went wading in the creek on our homestead visits - twice!

Since we're not living there full-time yet, we haven't planted anything, but it's great to see all of the wildflowers coming up. Sounds like your garden is doing really well!

I'm glad to hear your job is going so well, too!