Wednesday, May 05, 2010
The Garden Grows!
It's been slow going this spring, or at least it seems that way. I am impatient. The onions, peas, potatoes, strawberries and various greens are looking pretty good. I think I should have planted my greens (lettuce, spinach, chard, etc) a week or two earlier than I did. The greenhouse is full of plants that will be ready to plant out pretty soon: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, comfrey and rhubarb. Unfortunately my tomato varieties got all jumbled up so while I know what I planted I have no clue which is which. I'd thought I might sell a few plants at the farmers market but I'm not sure that folks will want to buy if they don't know what variety they are getting. I'll just call them all "Denny's Great Tomatoes".
In other green news, the last year's chicken pasture is really looking good! With the exception of a couple of spots it is now a lush polyculture with a base of red and white clover. Other notable species: comfrey, self-heal, yarrow, violets, daisies, plantain, and honeysuckle. There's far more but those are the most numerous. Now that the chickens are free ranging I'm not in any kind of hurry to open this back up. I'm going to give it another week or two for the clover to grow a bit more and then I'll start leaving the gate open for chicken browsing. Th peach tree and apple tree in this area are both looking fantastic.
Speaking of fruit trees, we now have plums, apples and blueberries coming in. Pictured here are some of the plums. I need to learn about proper fruit tree care. Should I have clipped these off to promote more growth this year? These are still pretty small trees. Also, I know they need major pruning. Their rate of growth is taking off but in terms of the shape of the growth, they are a huge MESS. Assuming no major natural disasters the trees, bushes and vines should all be putting out a really good crop in the summer of 2012. The currants, gooseberries and blueberries will probably be producing pretty good as early as next summer. I can't wait.