Friday, April 1, 2011


Well, not much has been happening around the homestead lately. Between work travel and crappy spring weather, being outside hasn't happened much. I did however attend the final Seedy Saturday of the year last weekend and really stocked up on beans, squash, beets, hot peppers and leafy greens such as kale, swiss chard, and collard greens. Now to just get some decent weather to plant things.

Leeks have gone in to some window boxes and my new fruit trees seem happy in their locations. The peach tree is well ahead of the apples in bud and the tea bushes remain unmolested by the deer. Luckily our ad-hoc fencing seems to be working.

The tomato seedlings have all been transplanted into pots and the dining room now has no room for dining as they all crowd around the two aerogarden hydroponic set ups we have. The grow lights from these units helps to keep the seedlings from getting weak and leggy. There is one heirloom tomato growing in the aerogarden and its strong summer tomato scent drifts through the house anytime it is given a little shake to help pollinate the masses of blooms it currently has. There are at least five tomatoes edging towards ripeness on it and the first taste of spring will come from inside the house for us.

I also have a bunch of herb seedlings just started as well as hot peppers, Hungarian Hot Wax, Piri Piri, and a brown mexican pepper. Can hardly wait to experiment with them in cooking.

Outside, I have noticed on azalea in bloom but the rhodos planted last year have been assaulted by some bug or other. Will have to feed them well to increase their strength against whatever critter is snacking on them. The garden make-over is on hold temporarily due to weather, illness, and some past uncertainty with my job but we should be able to get going in the next couple of weeks.

It poured here all day today but the weekend is looking a bit more favourable. Am hoping to at least get a half a day out in the yard.  Gerry's parents arrive next week on their journey home from a winter in the South. I hope it is at least nice enough for them to enjoy their visit.

And we still await our bees. Hopefully they should be ready within the next couple of weeks. In anticipation, Gerry and I opened a bottle of mead on the weekend and dreamt of a new batch coming from our own yard,

Cheers to Spring.

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