We had really soaking rains and then drying so our clay soils tend to crust and need hoed to make a dust mulch which will happen as soon as dry enough (working clay soils wet ruins their structure) but two of the 4 pea varieties I planted emerged yesterday.

I know 4 varieties are too many (and that doesn’t count the sweet peas I planted for fragrant cutting flowers) but I wanted both sugar pod peas and  shelling types. Of the shellers, one is an early and one is a later to spread the season, and one sounded too good not to try.  Next year less varieites, I promise. :-)

It was the warmest day of the spring so far and an event occurred that brought joy to my heart. The first asparagus shoots broke the surface of its compost comforter, which means tomorrow we eat asparagus, one of our favorite vegetables and a great spring tonic.

Last year we started a bunch of lovage from seed and that was our pass around gift for the year.  As with most perennials, they were first year sleeping, this year they will be creeping, third year leaping.

Lovage is great because the new shoots taste like celery. Too stringy for eating with peanut butter like you might celery sticks, but fine if chopped up into soups.  After picking a few for eating, we let the plant go. Mature height we have had them 7 ‘ (2 meters) and as the first of the umbelliferous plants to flower in spring it attracts scads of natural pollinators to the garden, including tiny little beautiful wasps that are gorgeous to look at and unseen otherwise.

The above were newly emerged and join rhubarb as early spring guests in the garden.

This is the third year since I divided the old plants I had and  set out the fresh new roots so they should be really productive this year. We have way more than the few we use so if anyone wants to come get some to cook for the Deities, let me know.

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