After an almost non-existent winter and a March that felt more like June, the garden is already taking off on its own. Many plants that would normally not last our traditional Canadian winter made it through without issue. Kale, Swiss Chard and Sorrel are greening up. Parsley, fennel and thyme made it through without any problem. And we already have dozens of foot-tall asparagus shoots dotting our young asparagus patch.
The garlic, which we nervously watched for its appearance last year, is a bright patch of green and a few inches tall. Cloves we forgot in the ground last year now have a half dozen sprouts coming up out of them. We’re not sure what to do with them. I guess we’ll transplant them somewhere else.
We’re also excited about adding some fruit trees to the garden. We bought Jesse’s dad two apple trees for his birthday. They’re an old apple variety called Tolman Sweet, which are greenish yellow when ripe and have a wonderfully unique flavour. We also ordered another old eating variety as well as two different cider varieties which we’ll press some fall in the future once the trees are producing. We’re excited to pick them up in the next few weeks and they’ll add another dimension to the garden.
This year is only the second year of serious gardening for us, but already, the perennials were so worth it. We’re going to have lots of strawberries, and we’re going to sneak a few tastes of asparagus from our still-young plants. We’re truly blessed to be close to Jesse’s parents’ land and to be able to plant things that might not give us a return this year, but will more than make up for it in the years to come.