After raining on and off most of last week the sun has finally returned. The first thing we did was run the hand cultivator through the garden. Look at that new crop of baby weeds below. My first job this morning is to finish hoeing this garden and get the mulch down.
Then we have tomatoes and an entire new garden to plant with warm season crops before the rains return. So we will be planting tomatoes, corn, beans, squash, okra, sweet potatoes and melons. The asparagus bed needs to be finished edging and the mowing caught up with. We may have to bail the lawn if it keeps raining like this. All the rivers and creeks around us are bank full but so far no flooding other than extreme low lying areas.
I took a walk around the farm and noticed that not only are my fruit trees loaded but also the wild black cherry tree pictured above, along with a bumper crop of wild mulberries and plums. It's been about 2 years since we have had a really good fruit season so I am hoping this trend continues for the rest of the season.
We've been eating lots of salads lately as the lettuce and spinach is wonderful with the mild temperatures and lots of rain. The down side is that the rabbits have discovered both the lettuce and my beets. O Wise One is on patrol and I see the gun out in the shed by the garden up high on the shelf away from the grandkids. When he moves the gun to the shed I know he means business!
I see evidence of thrips, aphids and flea beetles already in various parts of the gardens and beds. It is going to be the year of the bugs. I am just starting to see the white butterflies that lay the cabbage looper worms. But on the flip side I am seeing lots of toads and birds so maybe they will even things out.
They say when the peonies bloom it is time to plant the summer garden and the peonies are definitely blooming here. Although with all the thunderstorms they are looking a little worst for wear. So we are planting the garden today.
Blessings from The Holler
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