The magnificent magnolia just on the skirt of the kitchen garden decided one day to bloom. It's as if it is reaching to the sky. Off in the distance the flaps are up on the high tunnel and and we are harvesting greens of all sorts.
We reported in our post about our intern, Emil, that Baxter has been confirmed as the duck egg thief. Since then we have made a nest in the kitchen garden for the ducks to lay. Just the other day, we found them in the lavender, nesting on two fake and one real egg. Minutes later, the females squawked making an awful noise and the vigilant males, who keep watch over the laying hens, were at the gate to answer the call.
Our raised beds and seedlings are doing well in the high tunnel. We are busy getting things into the ground for our summer crops. This year, as part of the Sustainable FarmShare C.S.A.(http://www.farmsharecsa.com) we are providing local families and couples with food grown without chemicals of any kind. We're happy to share our food and build community. We are blessed with so many friends of local, sustainable farming.
Perhaps the most beautiful thing about the farm is the blooming of the bluebells. On approach, our guests are greeted by fields of soft blue color in April. Many wild plants grow on the farm, and many we forage, using in salads. Things such as mustard greens, plantain, dandelions, garlic mustard and more. Next to our spring house, we have plenty of watercress to serve in salad, on sandwiches, and in recipes.Still the wildest, most beautiful of these is the tender bluebell.