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It’s free! It’s fun! and it’s cheaper than therapy

By Penny Stine

Springtime! It was beautiful over the weekend and it feels like it could snow today. We set up one of my trellises over the weekend so I can plant peas next weekend. Between now and then, I have to pick the garlic that got overlooked last year when I was harvesting and add some more compost to the soil.

When I got home from work last night, it was nice enough for one of my favorite activities, thanks to daylight savings time.


Yes, last night, I went for my first garden stroll of the season as soon as I got home, found a few herbs (and onions) that were big enough to pick and incorporated them into to my dinner plans.

 

I picked some garlic, and as you can see, the bulb's not much. Not a problem, I wanted the greens. Garlic scape (as the greens are called) is wonderful. If you let it grow to full size, some types of garlic do this awesome curlicue. Even if they don't curl, they taste delish, with a mild garlic flavor.

 

 

I added that to my pasta sauce.

 

Then I picked some green onions, sorrel, arugula and peas. OK, I had to pick the peas, arugula and half the sorrel from my living room planters. I added all of that to a salad.
It was all good, and wandering around in my garden, even if the majority of it was still brown and dry, made me happy.
I'm telling ya', gardening is so much cheaper than therapy and probably just as effective.  

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