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We threaded the heavy wire
through a series of holes.
The morning glow was so
beautiful Thursday that I had to pause in my chores to rush and get the
camera. I was glad I did since the light was fleeting and rain had
returned an hour later.
I'm thrilled with my spring cabbage and broccoli this year. Starting the seedlings inside with heating pads and lights
got them out in the soil extra early (under row covers). The result is
big beautiful plants before the cabbageworms have even been spotted.
These broccoli will likely start heading up any week now.
We built a 2x4 grape arbor today to help elevate our vines to avoid any blight.
Mark has a very gentle
touch that makes him the right choice for protecting tender spring
growth from late freezes. He wrapped both young grapevines in front of
our trailer in preparation for the cold spell, covering up all of the
stems that have flower buds attached. Fingers crossed the plants inside
those bundles will make it through Blackberry Winter unscathed.
Look who's awake! Corn, beans, and cucumbers are up and running a little early this year.
This is the time of year
when the weeds sometimes begin to feel overwhelming. It suddenly began
to rain at the same time I started turning my energy to summer
planting...and the result was an explosion of green in all the wrong
The photo above shows
normal weeding pressure around here. I set out these onions five weeks
ago, and they could definitely use a weed and mulch. But they'll be okay
for another week or two until I get around to them. (Fertility source:
This carrot bed, on the
other hand, is what I think of as a weeding disaster. My homegrown
compost was a little weedier than I would have liked this year, but it
didn't cause much trouble elsewhere. Amid the slow-growing carrots,
though, the weeds are terrible.
Sometimes, I think I get
more of a kick out of anticipating coming attractions than I do out of
eating the actual fruits. Then I remember the glories of strawberry
season, sitting in the grassy aisles and gorging on drip-down-your-chin
juices. Nope --- consuming the real fruit is even better than eating the
developing berries with my eyes.
But this is eye-candy season only, so I thought I'd share the joy. In addition to the baby apples I posted about last week, there are scads of berries beginning to bulk up on the vine. Our dependable gooseberries
and northern highbush blueberries chug along with no help from me, and
the equally dependable raspberries are getting ready to bloom.
We've hit a dead end on our quest to buy
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