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Just us peas in our pod. Green peas, sugar snaps, wrinkled yellow red-flowered peas. Gregor Mendel eat your heart out.
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I did indeed live in Germany! I was there for 6 years due to my mother being in the military. We lived near Kaiserslautern which has a great garden/archaeology park! You would probably love it Andrew, I highly recommend visiting any place in Germany :) I've been watching Cosmos lately as well as watching the bryophytes in their glory! It's too early for most other plants to start growing in force and there's lots of rain so the moss is popping up and looking healthy, keep an eye out!
You're welcome Lorraine, so does that mean you've been to Germany? That's pretty cool either way, I didn't know about the Spargelzeit. I've always wanted to go to Germany and see the Solnhofen Limestone with its exquisite archaeopteryx fossils. I hope you and everyone else are having a good spring as well. Feel free to post whatever you like, whether you've started your internship or not. This group kinda came out of randomness and best to continue in that spirit. If you haven't already, I'd definitely suggest looking up "Star Talk" hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. They talk about all sorts of stuff, not just astrophysics. My favorite recent listen was on the Earth (as a planet). Never really thought of it before, but the needle of a compass has the opposite pole to the pole it points to. Seems common sense, but basically if we designate the arrow on a compass as the "North" pole, then it points towards the Earth's "South" pole. The terms are arbitrary, but its just something I never really thought about/is kinda cool to think about. What about you guys? Anything interesting you've seen/heard/smelled of late?
This makes me miss Spargelzeit (German for asparagus time)! They held whole festivals and local restaurants always served fresh asparagus in all kinds of neat recipes. Thanks for the invite Andrew :) I hope everyone is having a great start to their spring! (if you don't believe me: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17753372 )
For everyone who enjoys this ascending green stalk, tis the season to harvest, or alternately to get the freshest Asparagus of the year at market. It's a perennial plant, kissing-cousins to the onions and garlic. This of course also makes it a monocot. Far removed from our namesake Legumes, but delicious just the same. Asparagus survives the winter as underground roots which spread out in their bed over the years. Like some people out there, Asparagus doesn't like its toes messed with, and care should always be taken when digging near an established bed. In spring, around this time, the stalks of Asparagus sprout from the underground roots, climbing toward the sun. They are at their freshest and most tender when smaller, before their scales open. The stalk can be snapped toward its base for easy harvest. After the scales open, long and fern-like leaves will grow out (reminding me most strikingly of some sort of monster dill plant).
Other Spring Seasonals of Note: Broccoli, Cabbage, Lettuce, Radishes, Cress, Beats, Carrots, Mint, Herbs, and Arugala (one of my faves and quite prolific. Where winters are mild they can survive through the winter, however they just as happily reproduce ON MASS from seeds if you allow them to)
Welcome legumes one and all! I hope you have a Fab(aceae) time here : ).
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