Beautiful Morning

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Springtime is so lovely in Sonoma County. This morning the birds woke me with a symphony of sounds and song. It’s a happy sound to wake up to, much better than the alarm clock. The days have been warm, and the nights cool. The garden is alive and abloom.

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The blood oranges are ready. The cool morning air is full of their beautiful fragrance, similar to jasmine. Sweet and delicate, the bees seem to go crazy for the flowers.
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I plan to make some marmalade with these, or maybe popsicles.

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The hoop house is filled with a jungle of greens. Ruby Swiss chard, spinach, cilantro, and lettuce are all going crazy in here. Time to start eating this stuff! I plan to make a spinach-chard-goat cheese tart soon.
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Let’s peek in on the artichokes and see how they are doing. Ah, almost ready!
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These are violetto artichokes, a wonderful purple color until you cook them, and then they turn green. Sharp stickers on these babies demand careful picking.
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The girls watch me with renewed interest. Are you gonna feed us? You bet. These chicks eat lots of greens, and their egg yolks are rich and golden-yellow. It’s going to be unusually hot today, so I brought them a treat, some watermelon. They love to eat the seeds, and then the flesh of the fruit. It keeps them hydrated. Keep cool chicks.
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Have you started your spring garden? What are you planting this year? It’s always fun to plant some thing. The dirt is like a blank canvas, just waiting for some creative embellishment.
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Don’t be afraid to try and grow your own food. It’s easier than you think.