June 11th, 2014

Spring Emergence: How to Come Out of Hibernation

 

dogwood-buds

 

Spring is almost over in Portland!
It’s only fitting to burst out of the bubble of winter conservation mode and be an active part of the world around us. Everywhere I look, I see insects waking up, flowers blooming, trees leafing out, rainbows across the blue-grey rain clouds, birds signing their spring song.
This winter was a major time of hibernation and rejuvenation for me, where I completely turned inward and made my inner life, my health and my home the highest priority. As soon as March came around, I knew it wouldn’t be long until that feeling of cocooning transformed into cabin fever. Through April and May, these feelings just multiplied!
Here are some things learned to help me get into spring mode.

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June 29th, 2013

Project Found: Home-Grown Goodness of Late Spring Bounty

3/30.  In 2013, once a week, I highlight what I have found and that which has found me.
strawberries

Project Found this week is fresh from the garden! The weather has just recently morphed into the hot-hot (at least for Portland) dryness which dominates July and August in the last day and a half. Greens and herbs have bolted and gone to seed, and today we picked the last few stragglers in the strawberry patch.

Before I move on to the next planting phase of my gardens, I need to say thanks and goodbye to the produce we have had thus far. Is this what it is like when your kids go off to Kindergarten? Sad and sappy and exciting all at the same time, with the nagging, unreal feeling of time moving too quickly?

Radishes. Peas. And lots and lots of strawberries. Just a few of the delicious fruits and veggies that have come our way so far this season. Some are from our garden, some are from the farmers market, and all were divine.

What good things are in season where you are?