I got out in the garden last week with Hythe to plant some spring vegetables. I started raining the next day and kept up for four days. Then, we have 3 days of pleasant, warm, sunny weather. And, it started raining again today (and got a bit cooler!). But, that weather combination was perfect for the garden. I checked on it yesterday and all the lettuces, kale, and radishes were up! The peas were just poking a few of their little leaves out of the ground (I had to look very carefully for them – too small even for pictures).
Flowers are blooming – the first daffodils, the glory-of-the-snow (from William’s mother’s garden), the last of the crocuses. Isaiah is plowing the bottom land, getting it ready for spring plantings at Flying Cloud Farm. Our peach tree is budding up and tiny green leaves are poking out. The grass is growing, weeds are growing – our world is getting a bit greener. Steven came out with me to see what was blooming outside and really liked the henbit. He smelled the flowers, saying “smell good” (though they have no smell), but when I crushed up the stems (they are members of the mint family), he wrinkled up his nose, “yuck”.
All the maple trees are in full bloom. I used to not consider maples a flowering tree, but they do put on a beautiful show here (and one of the first), with colors from reddish brown to scarlet. The color last quite a while too and can be stunning on some trees. Being on the brownish-red spectrum, our tree does not have very pretty blooms (though I do not say that very loud as I would not want to hurt feelings – it has so many other wonderful qualities). But, it is nice to see it bloom.
I mulched and fertilized most of the blueberries, but I still need to prune them.
Speaking of pruning, my favorite pruning book is The American Horticulture Society book Pruning and Training. There are also some great resources on-line from NC State University. William is much better pruner than i am. He’s had a bit more practice since he worked on the apple farm one winter and has pruned hundreds of apple trees in his life. I tend to stand, studying a tree or bush for far too long, then make small, tentative clips around the plant, so by the end of 30 minutes the tree looks about the same as before. Maybe I am too nervous about ruining the tree to make bold cuts. Blueberries are perfect for me because (at least at this point) my bushes are small and easy understand. The pruning seems much more strait forward than tree fruits.
What’s going on in your garden? Anything yet? I know many people still have snow on the ground (and still coming down).