Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Nice weather

I don't want to jinx it, but it actually feels like summer this week. And the good weather is predicted to last through the weekend. I got the first section of grass cut yesterday. It included the tallest, thickest patch of overgrown grass in the yard, so that's the South 40 done. The next section, what I call the West 40, will get done today. Then the North 40 will be finished tomorrow (unless I have a great burst of energy and do it today).

I don't have any new photos of the yard, so this shot of a pruned grape vine parcel at sunrise will have to do.

I also got some flower beds cleaned up and planted some herb seeds in a third bed. Last year's cerfeuil (chervil) reseeded itself and we've already used some in the kitchen, but I added some more seeds for a second crop. I also have vegetable seedlings sprouting in the greenhouse. It feels good to be outside getting the garden and yard cleaned up and trimmed instead of just watching it languish under rainy skies.


  1. Chervil and tarragon are my two favorites herbs, with parsley close second!

  2. Looking forward to your outside pics. Glorious couple of days here, too.

  3. I need to get my herbs going here in my new Birmingham garden. How do you use the chervil and tarragon?

    1. Hi Evelyn,
      Chervil can be used the same way as parsley. I remember when I was a boy we had, from time to time, chervil soup. My recollection is it was delicious. If you google 'chervil soup' you'll find several recipes. I have never seen chervil here in the stores in the US.

      As far as tarragon is concerned, I usually put a small branch or two in the bottle of red vinegar. I use dried tarragon, in the vinaigrette for potato salad. Finally I use it in my own recipe of chicken bourguignon with tarragon.

  4. chm, I like chervil, too, but it goes to seed quickly. Gotta use it while you got it!

    judy, I love summer!

    mitch, finally! No more cyclonic winds?

    evelyn, we marinated chicken breasts in white wine and chopped chervil and cooked them on the grill yesterday. Delicious!


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