They’re not alone! MM and I are huffing and puffing, too! Here’s a look at what happens out here just off the one-lane road, when gardening season opens. This is the time for the hefty equipment to chop things down and get serious about planting.
We have baby plants putting on their third leaf; the strawberries arrived yesterday and rather than put them out directly, I have them in leaf mulch awaiting planting after this cool wake-up call sails through, weatherwise, late tonight and tomorrow.
Thankfully, there are some things that don’t need much of anything from us except for a little fertilizer. Some, like the violets, are perennial joys that pop up and almost sing with their beauty! Our yard is “naturalized”…meaning, there are not any formalized beds and to some extent, we make use of pretty “weeds” in certain areas, as well. As the season moves forward I will share the views with you.
And, of course, out here JOTOLR, we grow those “exotic” fruits and veggies that are so expensive in the store—asparagus, rhubarb, pears, hazel nuts, peaches, fresh garlic, raspberries, blackberries and, of course, strawberries! And talk about flavor! Fresh from the garden and oh-so-good!
One thing to point out is our garden FENCE. We have DEER and we have RABBITS. They are both huge pests! The rabbits ate the bark off one of our fruit trees this past winter and it is…after four years of waiting for it to fruit…now dead. So, it is necessary --especially with the garden--to fence these critters out. Our fence is six feet tall. We use poultry netting. This particular fence is needing replacement probably by next year. But for now, it does the job against both rabbits and deer. Air pollution in the form of acid rain makes our fences rust sooner than they would were the air not full of corrosive vapors. So, with the rabbits and deer and the coal-based electricity the gardener is challenged.
Planting time is both fun and demanding. You can see that our garden is quite large. As the season progresses I’ll share with you some of the things we do to make food “happen!” Keep your fingers crossed that we’re touched only lightly by this onset of cold this evening and tomorrow, that it is only a fleeting brush with the residue of winter!
This last photo is of the pear crop now in process!