Well-watered Garden

April 1, 2012

Aren’t spring colors amazing?  The green is so refreshing!  I was reading in Isaiah 58:11 this morning: “…He will satisfy your needs…. You will be like a well-watered garden…”  We had thunderstorms this morning and it is too wet to garden, so I took a few pictures.

I am not that fond of lawns, but spring is the best time to enjoy them.  The dandelions are already starting to pop up and the back half of the lawn is being overtaken by creeping charlie, but still the grass is going strong and smelled so great yestereday after Dan mowed it.

The rain gauge shows that there was just 1/10th of an inch of rain this morning.

This is a record of the garden on 4/1/12.  The oak and viburnums are just getting ready to leaf out.  The crabapple is blooming and the daffodils are mostly done.

Crabapple – Profusion

I am not an expert on tree cultivation, but the shoot on the crabapple trunk matches the rest of the tree, while the shoot from the roots is quite different.

common lilac

Nothing can stop this rhubarb, which is already about 2 feet high.  If I have a little snake in yard, I would guess he would hang out here if he wanted to hide.

The fennel came back on its own, since I never ate the bulbs last year.  I was nibbling on the tenderest leaves right off the plant this morning and they were amazingly sweet!  The Tunisians made a great dish with steamed tender fennel leaves and couscous, if I remember correctly.

Since there is a limited amount to nibble on in the garden now I will share a recipe we have been using from Dr. Joel Fuhrman in his book Eat to Live.  This can be made in the blender and is for someone who wants to boost their micro-nutrients – that is, vitamins and minerals.  Of course you can just use what ever ingredients you have and change things up.  This recipe usually makes enough for two of us.

Chocolate Smoothie

5 ounces baby spinach

2 cups frozen blueberries

1/2 cup unsweetened soy, hemp, or almond milk

1 banana

2-4 dates

2 tablespoons natural cocoa powder

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds


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