Leafed Alone

Spring Lettuce
Spring Lettuce

While clearing the garden for spring today, I found a nice surprise hidden under fallen stalks of squash and tomato: new lettuce sprouting up. What a comfort. The lettuce was planted last year by my wife, Nell, who let the plant go to seed late in the season in the hopes it would return. And yes, nature found a way.

And just as the cardinals seemed to be packing up from their winter stay, worm-hungry red breast robins chirped and chimed all morning. My daughter Marina and friend Ian Rakov, 4 and 3, respectively, played in the garden, looking for worms too. They found many.

So it seems spring has sprung, and not a moment too soon, as far as I’m concerned.

What are you planting in your gardens this year?

— Arthur Zaczkiewicz

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