The Pleasures of Spring

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Carrots, various greens, radishes, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, herbs! It’s already a month into spring, and the folks at the Urban Farm Project have been busy! Besides the garden behind the library, we’re also planting at the Women’s Shelter of Central Arkansas, the Bethlehem House, and Faulkner County Day School. In addition, the Urban Farm project provided plants for AETN’s filming of “Science in the Garden: Using School Gardens to Deliver Core Curricula.” We’re so excited about partnering with these wonderful organizations to increase access to fresh, local food in our community.

Our asparagus started coming up around March 26th, and we’ve been sharing it with our volunteers. There’s nothing like asparagus fresh from the garden! We’ve also been harvesting lettuces, kale, arugula, cabbage, carrots, radishes, cilantro and garlic leaves. We’ve recently discovered how diced garlic leaves make a nice addition to salads. Our strawberries are blooming and should have ripe berries in a week or two. And, the blueberries and raspberries are in full bloom, too. It seems they’ve enjoyed all the rain lately.

The Garden Club started meeting on Thursdays at 3:30pm. We start with a quick lesson, have a garden activity, and end with a healthy snack. Kroger donated some apples, bananas and water for our first couple of meetings, so we had fruit to go with the salads we made from our garden ingredients. We can hardly wait to sample those berries soon!

There’s a lot to see in our nighttime sky this month. Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury are all visible at various times. Look for the annual Lyrid meteor shower to peak on April 22-23.

Since asparagus is currently plentiful in many gardens, check out this recipe we just found!

Until next time, happy gardening!

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