what’s growing in early spring

Here’s a little update on what’s growing here in my garden in Amherst, MA by April 1st. Even though it’s been an incredibly mild winter, it’s still a little too early for asparagus, strawberries, and snow peas- but those will be up soon. In the meantime, we’ve got some fun things happening…

First of all, daffodils make me smile!

The garlic that we planted last fall is all up and doing well!

Our cold frame veggies have all sprouted and look pretty good.  In the cold frame we have tot soi, kale, beet greens, lettuce, mixed cooking greens, onions, and carrots.  Pictured here are the baby beets.

We also have some survivor kale from last year.  This over-wintered kale will produce seed pods this year.

In addition there are many culinary herbs coming back to life, including lemon balm, oregano, thyme, lavender, sage, hyssop, monarda, dandelion, and chives.  We are looking forward to all the spring veggies and herbs to come!  In the meantime, life is crazy and we’re trying not to forget to stop and smell the flowers.  These hyacinth flowers emit a heavenly scent- and if you blink you’ll miss them!

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About earthwisemedicinals

Chana Laila has been studying herbal medicine since 2003 when she enrolled as an apprentice at Blazing Star Herbal School. Throughout her time studying herbal medicine, Chana Laila has become the mother of three children, and has focused on learning how to care for her family using herbal remedies and products. This work has inspired her to create Earthwise Medicinals, a line of ethically and sustainably harvested herbal products for women's and children's health. In 2004 Chana Laila completed a doula training program and currently works with women to offer professional labor support services. Chana Laila teaches classes on herbal medicine for women's health, as well as classes on how to make herbal preparations at home, and is currently enrolled in a correspondence certification program on herbal medicine for women's health taught by Aviva Jill Romm. Chana Laila is also a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. Her music can be found at http://chanalaila.bandcamp.com and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chanalaila
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