Egads. How can it possibly be February 18th already? Here I was (in my last garden blog post anyway) saying goodbye to 2013 and now we're almost two months into 2013. The start of the year has been good -- including as it has a trip to Oahu and Maui (see posts on Oahu's KCC Farmers Market, Fresco's Bruschetta and Lumeria Maui, with more to come).
It's also been good in the garden. As you can see from this photo, it's the greens that are the star of the winter season this year. I've got various lettuces, arugula (a small wild variety and a bigger leaf version), spinach, kale, cilantro and the purple osaka mustard greens (although a number of those were attacked by some unwanted creature and I had to pull them out). Made for a particularly yummy fresh salad for Valentine's Day (nothing says love like greens straight from the garden).
I'm also seeing good growth by the onions and garlic I planted and my roses are still blooming (even though I've been cutting them back) -- and the poinsettia is still a happy camper. Perhaps it's the sight of the poinsettia every time I hit the garden that makes it hard to think we're already into February. Still, as the days get longer and the greens run their course, a gal's mind turns to spring and -- oh yeah -- Tomatomania. Starting on March 8, events will be held throughout California (plus Maryland and Virginia) through May. Personally, I'll be hitting the event at the Tapia Brothers Farm Stand March 22-24. Great start to spring, don't you think?