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Well another holiday has come and gone, and with a bang!

Valentine’s Day is a huge day for restaurants and florists, and The Artichoke was packed.

I love this holiday because it is our first super busy day after a long winter, and it is kind of the turning point from winter to early spring.

That means people start coming to their lake places more frequently, and hopefully they come to eat with us!

We survived another winter!!

There are a few things peeking out of the ground.

Parsley

The pansies are making a comeback and the vinca vines in the buckets at work are starting to make new leaves.

Leaves of daffodils, crocus and other early bulbs are starting to push out of the soil as well.

These little signs of spring get me revved up for planting that vegetable garden. I’m so ready!

So we got a much needed rain Monday and Tueday and that should get the soil good and moist to start planting.

It is a good idea to mix in some mushroom compost in the soil before planting.

If you do this every year, your soil just gets better and better.

After the soil has been boosted you can get the onions and potatoes in the ground.

And if you’ve been lucky enough to find broccoli, Swiss chard and cauliflower plants, they can go in too, but I haven’t found any yet.

Carrots, lettuce, peas, spinach and turnips can be seeded this week too.

Don’t turn up your nose at turnips.

They turn a potato soup into an awesome soup, and they are easy to grow!

If you love these veggies but haven’t ever grown them, give them a shot.

It doesn’t cost much for a pack of seeds! Enjoy the Earth! Diana