The berry patch looks like a a snowdrift ... They're blooming like mad , and
they're loaded with fruit . It looks like clumping them is going to make it
a lot easier to <bloodlessly> harvest them . Actually , it's going to be a
good year for all the wil;d fruits here . Muscadines are loaded with fruit ,
blueberries <actually low-bush huckleberries for those who're anal about
names> are loaded with fruit too . I'm watching the Mayflowers <a mandrake species> too , but see no blossoms yet . Might be because of the late cold
snap - there are tons of these scattered on our land , and if they do fruit
this year we'll be making some jelly .
And I'll be getting our first beehive next week ... I'm so excited about
our garden/orchard/wild fruits this year I could just explode !
I've not seen a low bush huckleberry in about 50 years or more. I reckon
in my part of SE Texas the locals got carried away with mowing and
clearing. I used to love those things back in the forties and fifties,
we had never heard of or seen a real blueberry back then. We used to
harvest Mayflowers too. Muscadines are always good, we also had a wild
grape, rather small, that we called a Possum grape because the possums
were always in them. I'm jealous.
We have possum grapes here too , but I haven't seen any on our land -
doesn't mean there aren't any , just that I haven't seen 'em . I plan to
rectify that situation . The neighbor down the road has a nice patch at the
foot of his driveway , when the time is right I'll be getting a start from
him . Actually , I think I can clip a stem at any time and dip it in rooting
powder ... but right now I have my plate somewhat overloaded , with the
garden , the orchard , and building a house - plus running the machine shop
part time .
I got tired just reading that last paragraph. Many years ago I had the
stamina to work an eight-hour shift in a chemical plant, come home and
work another eight hours in my gun shop, get up the next morning and
take care of ten acres with goats, cows, chickens, ducks, rabbits and
about a three acre garden. Thought nothing of it then, would kill me
quickly at nearly 75 years of age. To many years sitting in management
chairs. Now we're gardening a small backyard with 128 square foot of
raised beds, two feet wide by 66 feet long along the fence angle, and a
small flower bed with Swiss chard as a backing in the front along with a
pear tree in front and a kumquat and a fig tree in the back. Sometimes I
miss all that work that kept me in fairly good shape and then I think,
"Nah, don't need all that stuff anymore, been there, done that." I'm
teaching the grands and great grands how to do all the stuff I learned
over the years and enjoying the hell out of it. I'll leave the heavy
stuff to you young people.
Dependent upon health and vitality you could still be a kid. <G> I
retired 01/01/2007 and immediately started doing technical writing in my
field. I was a safety professional in the petrochemical industry from
1976 until I retired. Still miss it sometimes, a retirement with nothing
to do would be very boring IMHO. Hang in there with the gardening. We
just moved to this place in December 2012, I'm already looking for a
bigger piece of ground and no Homeowner's Association, got to still be
some "freedom ground" in Harris County, Texas.
George, running the soaker hoses again, it is hot here
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