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Rites of Spring

April 11th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Preparing the garden

Preparing the garden

Spring is here!  Although last week, I thought we had jumped right into summer with temperatures in the mid 90s.  This week we are back to spring with temperatures in the 60s and 70s and nights in the 40s.

The garden has been plowed and disced and then smoothed with the harrow.  You might notice that we have upgraded our tractor.  I am still not sure how a tractor this big is going to cultivate between the rows but Randy assures me that it will.  For the moment, I am thrilled that we don’t have a ton of wire grass already.

We got a row of cabbage planted yesterday.  Last week I had despaired that we had left it too late but the cooler temperatures are encouraging.  I want to get brussel sprouts and broccoli planted tomorrow along with some onions.

Iris

Iris

Last month, I planted raspberry, blackberry and blue berry bushes that my daughter and grandson brought me.  Randy made a spot for me in the back yard.  They should get lots of sunshine back there and it’s in an out of the way spot so the mower won’t run over them.  They may not bear a ton of fruit this year but in addition to the wild blackberries, I should have enough for a cobbler or two this year.

My raised bed gardens are probably going to be put on hold for the year.  I know I am going to get one for a salad garden but the rest will have to wait until we have more time.  I’m disappointed but I have had to face the fact that there are only so many projects that I can manage.

Wild violets

Wild violets

There is always time to enjoy the first spring flowers.  The yard is dotted with wild violets.  They spring up everywhere and add color to the spring grass.

It’s fun to walk around the farm this time of year.  Flowers spring up in the most unlikely places.  There are clumps of sunny yellow daffodils back behind the pack house in the pasture.  I suppose they survive because they taste bad enough that nothing will eat them.

The redbud trees are blooming along the edge of the woods and if you look closely enough you might even find a jack in the pulpit hidden among the trees.

The iris are blooming early this year.  I don’t think they bloomed until May last year.  I’m afraid that all of the spring flowers will be over before spring is done.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 marci357 // Apr 12, 2010 at 9:12 am

    It’s exciting to see that someone has sunshine on their garden. In NW coastal Oregon, it has been hard to find an after work hour that it hasn’t been raining. But… I did manage to get strawberries in this weekend in between the drizzles :) And the grandkids got in the broccoli for me and did some weeding.

  • 2 Cindy // Apr 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Marci, I don’t think I could take all the rain. I know it’s good for the garden but I get so depressed when I can’t get outside in the sunshine. We had an unusually warm start to the spring with temperatures in the mid 90s but now it is back to normal 70s. I am so relieved. I thought we were going to go straight into summer with none of our beautiful Virginia spring.

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