Last spring and summer we were working hard to renovate the house enough to move in. It's still a work in progress but we did the critical elements needed to expand the kitchen in a way that worked for us and made other areas of the house more comfortable. During those months, however, we couldn't do much of any gardening. We had a CSA with Crooked Door Farm and my parents have a huge garden so we weren't lacking for vegetables. We did get 400+ cloves of garlic planted in the fall and prepared the soil for the kitchen garden going in soon. Once we can get in the soil this spring and start planting we're definitely going to make up for lost time. Not gardening for the last two summers was no fun after our years of gardening in Portland. We miss it and it's time get back to it. In the meantime we look to the woods and the limited plantings around the house and yard for early evidence of the growing season. Last weekend it was the tulips and daffodils coming up after their 8 foot cover of snow finally melted. Today it was this little beauty, a total surprise, hidden under the hydrangea.