I started Beauregard sweet potatoes a couple of months ago and have put 3 slips in my raised bed this morning. I put 3 eyes of a Yukon Gold Irish potato in the other end. I stuck the rest of the eyes in empty-ish places along the iris/blueberry fence row.
I had already planted nasturtium seeds in the holes in the cinder blocks along one long and one short side..
5 Arkansas Little Leaf climbing cucumbers have gone in the center holes on the other long side. 6 bush cucumbers have gone in the other holes, 3 at each end. One of the Arkansas Little Leafs didn’t sprout. But the Mexican Sour Gherkins are volunteering in their holes. I have 4 bamboo poles in holes and I have a bottom row of string ready for the cukes to begin climbing.
I have pulled my carrots so I can plant 2 rows of the Glass Corn popcorn seeds I managed to produce last year. I’ve put them in the middle of that bed. The garlic needs to grow another month or so, so I’m leaving it alone. I”ll put the jalapenos in there when they are bigger. There are 4 spindly plants in little pots, right now.
Chuck’s carrots are bigger and more consistent, so I’ll make a huge dessert this afternoon with my multicolored ones. I hope they keep the colors when they cook. Purple okra doesn’t.
The sunchokes are coming up like crazy, so the bees should have a nice treat this Fall.
Roses and kiwis are putting out new growth.
Dill seeds are sprouting in the herb bed.
Columbines are blooming in the front.
We have bitty plums forming and one peach.
Lilacs will not be blooming this year. Their buds froze.
Iris buds are popping up, And one has even opened.
We had a couple of nasty ice storms, this winter, and some nights of single digits, too. So, we lost some winter crops in the raised beds and a Bradford pear tree at the end of the driveway. I don’t regret the loss of the fruitless pear. I know they grow fast and are a boon to contractors, but I think I fruit tree that won’t bear is a waste of space. Because we lost that Bradford, I’m hoping the real pear I planted in that tree line will have a better chance this year.
It had a tall spike of a trunk. I cut it out a couple of days ago so that it would aim its growth outward, where I can actually reach any fruit that survives the deer. I dipped it in some rooting hormone and then in a pot of good, composty dirt. I don’t really expect to get a tree from it, but it didn’t cost me anything to try.
The Santa Rosa plum, to the right of the front door is covered in blossoms. The elephant heart plum by the driveway, isn’t as full, but still looks promising. The peach has blossoms, too. The apples have no buds, yet. The sour cherry had buds all over, but nothing has actually opened.
The kiwis are still dormant and the passionfruit is, too. But, there are buds all over all the blueberries.
The crabapple tree is covered in young leaves, not fully emerged, and I don’t see any flower buds. That tree has never bloomed. How does a crabapple never bloom? I’ve never seen such a thing in my life. And I got it to pollinate an apple tree that has since died and been replaced by two others, so I really find the lack of blossoms ridiculous.
Spring is creeping in and I am loving it.
Filed under Apples, Blueberries, Cherry, Fruit and berries, hazelnuts, Kiwis, orchard, Passionfruit, Peach, Pear, Timing
Last year, Chuck learned that there are cold hardy kiwis and he ordered 2 from Willis Orchard Company.
He used the fence for the support. I already had a little cloned lilac from the National Phenology Network growing on the other side of the fence, but it was small and he didn’t notice it. I hope they don’t argue with each other.
The kiwis spent 2012 establishing roots. They didn’t put out much new growth above ground, but there was enough to see that they were healthy. This year, they are making vines. So, next year we should have fruit.
We got one of each variety, but don’t remember which is which. Looking at the Willis page, we may be able to tell from the fruit.
I was curious to hear Randy speaking of a farm close to him that had kiwi fruit vines. I investigated and discovered arctic kiwi, which is more the size of a grape when it fruits and is eaten skin and all. They are extremely cold hardy (grown as far north as Canada) and appear to do well in sun or partial shade. They are supposed to taste like the big variety and draw butterflies and hummingbirds. Not sure about bees.
They came today by FedEx and are in the ground. They need to be supported like a grape vine and I decided to let them vine the fence.
I was “forced” to order two more blueberry bushes to meet the minimum order amount from the nursery. What a shame.