Slowing down fruit-tree flowers
Although hard freezes
once the garden year starts are always a little dicey, I'm actually glad
a cool spell came along to slow spring down. 21 degrees now while apples vary from silver tip to green tip and pears from green tip to tight cluster
means a small thinning effect on our hypothetical fruit crop. 21
degrees when flowers are fully open would mean yet another year with no
In one part of the
garden, though, I'm speeding things up rather than letting the cold slow
things down. About a month ago, I erected quick hoops atop one row of
strawberries. And, at long last, new growth is finally starting to pop
up underneath. In contrast, uncovered plants nearby are still largely
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