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Something’s sprouting out there

By Penny Stine

We pulled into the driveway on Sunday, Jan. 23, and I glanced over at the garden closest to the driveway. There was something new,  green and growing. I got out to investigate and after careful study, I concluded that I had no idea what it was, but it was definitely green and growing, just like in springtime.

If you recognize this plant, tell me what it is. I planted tulips about two feet from where this is coming up, but I know this is not a tulip. I know I planted lettuce somewhere, but didn’t think it was in this particular spot. Maybe the cat moved it.


After concluding that I was clueless, I turned to the bed where I had planted spinach last November.    

It’s hard to tell from this picture, but there are little tiny spinach plants poking their first two leaves up all over the place.

Really, they are... but they're so tiny you can hardly see 'em. Trust me... would I lie about something as significant as the first sprout sighting of the season???


Next, I went to check out my garlic.

Wow! I’m not too worried about the garlic; I figure it can fend for itself even if it gets fairly cold. But the spinach? I’ve never had it come up this early before – besides wondering if it’ll freeze if we get a real cold snap, I can’t help but wonder if it’s going to get enough water.
I’ll be happy to drag hoses around the yard if it means my spinach survives the month of February. But I don’t think I’ll be eating spinach salad until at least the end of April.


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