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My little herb bed on the
south-facing side of the trailer is doing beautifully this year. On the
recommendation of one of our readers, I started some Greek oregano from seed
last year and found to my delight that it did indeed have much more of
the flavor I was looking for than the plain old oregano I'd grown
before. Throw in some sage, lavender, thyme, chamomile, fennel, chives,
and a few flowers and I have a pretty and delicious space right outside
the back door.
Being so close to the
kitchen, the herb garden reminds me to pick a little flavor for meals
that I might otherwise skip. I'm also air-drying a few of the more
aromatic leaves while they're at their peak since last year's dried basil really hit the spot over the winter.
It was a risk planting this sweet corn on April 20th but I think we're in the clear.
I hate to admit it, but I
got a bit disheartened by our bees and ignored them for a solid month.
The thing is, I actually lost track of how many swarms materialized and then flew away, never to be seen again. (Four, I think?) It was
pretty amazing when I was watching Artemesia and family graze in the
oats and a mass of bees came flying just over our heads, a few landing
on the trailer roof before leaping back into the air. But my rational
side knows that each absent swarm is that much less chance of homegrown
honey this year.
Strawberries are my
favorite fruit and fruit is my favorite food group. So you'd think I'd
be tempted by out-of-season berries at the grocery store.
I've changed my mind about
this being the best
heavy duty gate latch.
Although I milked
Artemesia for the kids' first two weeks of life, the youngsters quickly
grew big enough to take up that slack. Luckily, two weeks of age is also
when goatlings are old enough to be locked away for the night, giving
the human twelve hours of free milk.
We could have bulked up
the walls and done our best to keep momma goat out. But I don't like
Artemesia to be in distress, and barely being able to see her kids
through the lattice gate was clearly too scary for her to handle.
The kids are always
anxious to get their breakfast, but they wait semi-patiently until it's
their turn. Rather than hand-milking out the last cup or so, I just
release the barbarians and they stampede for the udder. Then I take my
two or three cups home with a smile --- happy goats make for a happy
We added another metal trash can to our feed and seed storage system.
I've been spending a lot of time ogling my apple trees, watching the unexpected fruit swell under the summer sun. But everything isn't rosy in the mini-orchard.....
We had three tree deaths
this winter, all individuals who simply failed to leaf out as planned
when the cold weather broke. It's tempting to blame the losses on
variety. The specimen above (Pristine), for example, barely grew last
summer due to a terrible case of cedar-apple rust...even though its fellows just showed a few spotted leaves then shrugged off the fungal disease.
However, I'm now feeling
like the ultimate deciding factor in who thrived and who perished was
location. The two trees shown above, like the one in the previous photo,
are the individuals closest to our north-facing hillside. And they just
happen to be the only trees who perished among all eleven of the 2014
graftees. Hmmm.... I guess that permafreeze, high shade zone just isn't
fruit-tree friendly. Good to know, and good to learn on home-grafted trees that cost us no more than a buck apiece.
It's nice to know these raspberries will mature around the time our strawberries decide to give up for the year.
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