It’s blasted cold again. We even had a few snowflakes falling yesterday. Why does it do this every spring? We get several weeks of nice mild, sometimes even warm weather in January, February, or March. This year it’s now. All the bulbs, spring flower trees (including our fruit trees), and spring blooming perennials all start blooming. Then it [...]Read more
Amazingly enough I’ve got almost all the vegetable beds ready. Only one big one and one small one to go. I should have them all cleaned out and amended in time to start planting my early spring crops next week, as we’re supposed to have a pleasant warm weekend, without rain, coming up.
One task that many of us need to be about right now is trimming back some [...]Read more
I think I just learned not to tease my plants, or maybe it’s the other way around. In August when the weather cooled down one of the pear trees I had planted this spring put out a blossom. I teased it about being off in it’s timing, why didn’t it do this in the spring, etc. Actually I was just having some fun and marveling at how a pear [...]Read more
Every once in awhile I get a hankering to be able to grow my own tropical fruits. I still remember the orange I had when I was on tour with my college symphony. It had been fresh picked from the tree that morning. As I ate it, it dripped all down the front of me, it was so juicy. We had a lot of laughs over that, and I had [...]Read more
This last week has been fantastic. The weather is warm enough to work outside and the humidity is still low. The gardens are bursting into bloom. I have snapdragons, carnations, dianthus, pansies, and petunias already in bloom. The hydrangeas first blossoms opened yesterday. My lilies have buds all over them.
Cornucopia In The Making
The trees have leafed out. The berry bushes are making berries. The grapes have buds on them. Best of all one [...]Read more
Just a couple days ago I got an email from one of the suppliers I use and they had a video on how to prune your grape vines. After watching the video I realized that I had really messed up with my vines and it would probably take a couple years to get them producing well.
I have a big problem with pruning. I always feel that if the plant has gone to all the work to grow, then who am [...]Read more
Now’s a great time to put in an order for bare root fruit trees. If you live someplace where the soil doesn’t freeze until late November or December that’s even better. Putting in fruit trees in the fall can really give them a great start. Instead of having to take off and make leaves and fruit right after planting, they get a whole winter to put down roots.
One thing you need to do with fruit trees planted in the fall, [...]Read more
For me, at least, it is always hard to do “surgery” on any of my beloved plants. Even though I know trimming out dead growth, diseased portions, or just for shape is necessary, and good, I always have to apologize to them first.
Lucky for me I don’t have to don surgical scrubs or gloves to do the work. However, having really good sharp tools is just as important for plant “surgery” [...]Read more
This is also the time to order bare root fruit trees. They’ll be shipped to you at the proper time for planting in your area. Bare root trees are usually small, but they will very soon catch up to the larger, more expensive and hard to ship older trees. Also, for some reason they seem to be more resilient to transplanting. I’ve lost fewer bare root saplings than their two or three year old siblings in pots.
Make sure the varieties [...]Read more