how it went or is going...
the peas and onions are doing fine. peas started
flowering a few days ago. onions are on th third
round of planting by seeds. supposedly these will
be edible size by fall. if so i will be very
impressed. i'm also guessing that i will have to
thin them somewhat for that to happen. otherwise
i'll have sets for next year (which is what i
was expecting). hmmm.
seeing the peas flowering (these have white flowers)
reminds me how much i've missed fresh peas and pods
from last season. seems ages ago now even after a mild
the turnips which suffered the most frost damage
and i was wondering if i'd lost all of them. there
were enough seeds planted that i have a nice patch
of them and didn't have to thin. i'm contemplating
a few leaves to give them a taste for fresh/cooked
greens soon. the second turnip planting in another
space was last week. sprouted fine, will have to
thin these if the bunnies don't find them.
only one frost the past week so i'm thinking we
are getting close to being ready for me getting
the rest of my seeds in the ground other than the
okra. i'll wait a while longer on that since we
still have somewhat cool nights here or there.
overall though, it's been a good spring season
with some rain here or there that i'm not having
to water all the time. but the past week has been
dry. cloudy today but no rain.
in other news, the swiss chard is coming along
ok, onion sets are doing well (worm poo for those
we'll see how they compare to previous seasons when
we've done this differently), rhubarb is still
ready to be picked, strawberries blooming and
putting some fruit on, garlic doing well...
for critters it's been an ok year so far, we've
heard a pheasant calling for the first time in several
years out back. had to take a grackle nest out of
the top of the lighthouse. always fun. decided to
fill it up with sprayfoam crack filler to keep them
from doing it again. once by accident, two no longer
a charm, won't let them get a third try. it's too
high up to be fun to check. spray painted the foam
so it doesn't stand out so much visually when looking
up. by keeping after them with the air rifle to
discourage them and keeping the nests out of the
cedar trees we've cut the grackle invasion force by
quite a bit, yet when they come through in the
spring and fall they are in the thousands so this is
purely a local turf control effort that is pointless
longer term, but it does keep them from regurgitating
poop from their nests in the birdbaths.
the rest of the smaller birds around and the many
other species of birds do much better when the grackles
aren't so numerous either. three years ago it was a flock
of twenty something grackles, now it is four or five. that
means a steady effort at discouraging them because they
don't go away or stop building nests just because you take
one nest down... usually it takes until mid-june and then
it slacks off, but even then they can still put a nest in a
surprising place. two weeks ago we had a nest in the wheel
of a propped up wheelbarrow, much easier to deal with than
the top of the lighthouse...
had a muskrat half way up the pathway to the house
yesterday. gave it a gentle nudge with the air rifle. bunnies
have already had their warning shots... i hope the hawks or
feral kitties will get them before i do. same with chipmunks,
but will also put some rat traps with peanut butter out for
them soon. it's no fun and i would like it much better if
the snakes could eat them all, but that isn't how nature works
sometimes... we do have a good snake population all around.
something about all these rocks... :) keeping the chipmunk
numbers down is the only way to keep the strawberries from
getting raided. i've increased the strawberry plantings all
over to compensate, but i'm hoping those actually end up as
jam and not chippie food. we'll see how that goes.
ok, so how is your gardening season going? any new
adventures paying off well or frustrations you are figuring