Monday, March 15, 2010

Late-Winter Delights

There's nothing more delightful than the sight of overwintering greens, poking their brave little limbs through the damp, dark newly defrosted ground.

In our raised bed, parsley, kale, spinach, and chard overwintered and are ready to harvest. To give them a little added protection, I installed a 5-foot bamboo trellis above them, anchored with thin twine. The trellis doubles as a support for newly planted sweet peas and snap peas, which will climb the twine. The peas will create a shady teepee for the cool-weather greens, and we'll harvest them well into Spring and early Summer.

We'll enjoy our greens in a salad tossed with beets (also planted last weekend), walnuts, avocado, and fennel. We also love to toss fresh kale into an impromptu, fresh pasta with cherry tomatoes and feta cheese. The spinach  adds color and vitamins to our home-made pizzas.

Last week, I also planted a Hamamelis x intermedia 'Arnold's Promise' (witch hazel). It's part of our plan for year-round color, and it's been delighting us daily in the cold, dreary rain. The birds love to use it to scout out the feeders and squak at the squirrels.


  1. That witch hazel is a beautiful specimen!

  2. My lettuce, chard and spinach overwintered, but I didn't know parsley could, as well.