Might be; at least very soon. Down here in the sunny South, nights are
chilly and days are warm. The youngest black cherry trees already are
showing new leaves, although, they often get fooled. Same for the
neighbor's peach treepretty pink blossoms that don't amount to much
except eye candy and which will bite the dust should we have another
bout of freezing nighttime temperatures, which still could happen, even
as late a early March. We've had "March surprises" before but, right
now, conditions are ideal for "Derald's Perfect Breakfast": A cool but
not cold Samuel Adams or Anchor Steam beer and little green peas fresh
from the vine with Horowitz or Gould styled Mozart tinkling from the
box. Ahhh, bliss....
The American "robins" (Turdus migratorius, AKA "robin redbreast")
<http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/american_robin/id came through
these parts on their way to Nothern climes within the past couple of
weeks, a sure sign that Spring will get here, ...eventually. The
"robins" just pass through twice each year but other migratories hang
around for the season and many still remain. The little "palm warblers"
<http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Palm_Warbler/id , for example, are
still here feasting on the termites that are emerging from the ground
like smoke this time of year.
In the garden: Tomorrow, shall plant some "zipper cream" "crowder"
cowpeasan old heirloom variety much loved in the Southern USgambling
that we won't have enough cold weather to put them in jeopardy. Also,
planting more "Little Marvel" English peas, in their case, gambling that
the weather will stay cool enough for them to produce before the heat
takes them out, for sure, in May or June; if the powdery mildew doesn't
get them first, that is. Also planting them late, which seems to be the
way events have rolled around here for the past couple of years.
"Spring" green peas usually go into the ground in the first week in
February, the 14th being generally the latest practical planting date
for them but, what the hell....
Fall planted "greens" are liable to begin bolting any day now so
have a late planting of them (well, mustard and turnip) planned because
make it 'til June before they, too, answer the call. Also,
more carrots, celery, and "Summertime" lettuce. It's already a bit warm
for the carrots and, although I'm an optimist, there is little hope that
the lelttuce will even germinate but one never knows. Dunno about the
celery because this is its first season in the garden. The variety,
though, ("Utah 50-72 Tall Improved", whatever that means) is
specifically "recommended" (whatever _that_
means) by the Ag Extension
Service for Florida. However, I doubt seriously whether any of the
Extension Agency minions ever actually has seen it coming up out of the
Time to start tomatoes, peppers and, maybe, eggplant so they'll be
ready to transplant some time in March. Planning space for the
sure-enough warm season veggiesokra and beans specifically. The beans
present a bit of a quandry because four of my nine raised beds were
afflicted with that bacterial leafspot crap last summer and, by rights,
"should" be quarantined from legumes for at least three years: That
might not happen, though, unless I'm willing to pull up some
fall-planted things to make space. Foolishly, did not take the
quarantine into account when planting in the autumn so some things may
have to be sacrificed for the greater good ;-)
Made the trek into what passes for civilization around here and
copped a supply of blood meal and of alfalfa. An outfit called "Rural
King" opened a locally-owned franchise store here recently. It's sort
of a citified seed 'n feed with a little of everything from clothing to
chainsaws, fencing, and windmills. In addition to the blood meal, the
store sells alfalaalbeit pelletized, a minor PITA which reduces my
normal 60-mile journey to about 20. All due respect to the folks at
"Ranch Hand", also a locally owned and family operated retailer, but
I'll gladly make the shorter trip and keep the gas money in my pocket.
Oh, well, since the demise of "Sherwood's", the Ranch Hand is the only
source for locally produced "sets" for transplanting and the absolutely
best source for wheat straw so they'll still get an occasional chance at
That's the goings-on in my little fall-into-spring garden. Anybody
else got anything actually growing in the garden in February?
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