Most of the plants and crops are in so we are off on another gardening adventure. We are experiencing the normal ups and downs...
UPS - -
germination has been very good on most things
warm, dry weather is bringing harvest on a bit early - picked our first strawberry this week!
we are seeing more honey bees and bumble bees than the last few years
the dry periods are helping control the weeds
the sunny days are wonderful to work in after the cold and rainy!
DOWNS - -
lost many or all blossoms so orchard yield will be lower than expected
free manure is sprouting many clovers, makes more work turning over to suppress
still losing some young plants to cutworm (but fall tilling helped enormously!)
the weird weather - warm then cool then back again - makes it hard to plan
the brassica starts were drowned in their tray in a flash thunderstorm
And still yet to plant - the fall crops - beets, carrots, winter squash, and pumpkins. We like to plant these a bit late so they are ready to harvest after first fall frost. The fruit is sweeter, better tasting, and lasts longer in the cold room.
Happy adventures in your garden too!
A snow pea flowering, pretty enough to put in a vase on the table isn't it? BUT if you pick the flower,
you can't eat the fruit. Is that some sort of biblical application?!?!