Spring in the Back Yard

Spring has finally sprung in Vermont!  We had a beautiful warm weekend to spend in the yard discovering signs of spring and cleaning up remnants of fall and winter.  Plants and animals are emerging after a long cold winter.

Last sap of the season drips out of my sumac spiles

Last sap of the season drips out of sumac spiles

A sweet and tangy batch of sap sumac camomile tea

A sweet and tangy batch of sap sumac camomile tea to start the day

Day Lilly shoots have emerged

Day lily shoots have emerged

I dug up some day lilly shoots and tubers.  Fry firm tubers and shoots in butter with salt.  Yum!

I dug up some day lily shoots and tubers. Fry firm yellow tubers and young shoots in butter with salt. Yum!

chickens-range-free

Chickens range free before the garden is planted.  They’ll eat ticks and grubs and loosen soil as they forage.

Early spring garden treasure hunt! Parsnips survived the winter under a layer of hay.  They are sweet and firm!

Early spring garden treasure hunt! Parsnips survived the winter under a layer of hay. They are sweet and firm!

Early spring parsnip harvest.

Early spring parsnip harvest.

The sour leaves of sorrel have emerged - a perfect fresh garnish for tonight's dinner!

The sour leaves of sorrel have emerged – a perfect fresh garnish for tonight’s dinner!

Our first crocus.  Happy Spring!

Our first crocus. Happy Spring!

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2 Responses to Spring in the Back Yard

  1. jolynnpowers says:

    we dug our turnips also this week… love the darn things… Made a stew with a few and fried a few…good stuff.. .and I did not know that Day Lilly were edible… I wish I had know that years ago… are these wild lilies or domestic? Have grown the wild orange ones for years and now need to rethink where I plant them!

  2. taidinnan says:

    Most parts of Day Lilies – not Tiger Lily – are edible, but I’ve only eaten tubers, young shoots, and petals. If you have potatoes, I’m not sure it’s worth all the work to dig and clean the little tubers! The petals are very mild and look great as garnish or salad topping!

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