Planning to get this is the ground soon. I’m very pleased with myself.
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Last summer we had some delicious peaches. I stuck 14 pits in one of the potato dirt bags after reading around on the internet to see what would actually work. They need opportunity to freeze.
Two sprouted and, because I’m not always the sharpest tack in the box, I killed one. I didn’t recognize its tiny leaves and thought it was a weed. The sacrifice of the one saved the life of the other, however. And it has been moved to a pot my cat isn’t tempted to sleep on.
I realize that it looks tiny in that huge pot, but I don’t expect to move it for a few years.
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.
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 have tomatoes galore. I have canned 2 pints of Romas and have been eating Bulgarians on sandwiches. I have used the Russian Black Tulas in salads. And we have been eating the cherry tomatoes jut as snacks.
I love summer.
We planted less okra this year, so we are only eating it every 3 or 4 days. I think this means we are less likely to get foundered on them.
The sweet potatoes are healthy with one potato trying to peek out of the dirt.
The turmeric is healthy.
A friend had a piece of ginger starting to grow a root. I traded it for a piece of ginger that I bought withOUT a root growing and it put out green in about a week.
We have apples ripening. The lovely red is visible from inside the house.
I think I got the second planting of Yukon Golds in the ground too late. The first planting froze and the second has hardly any green.
There are nuts on 3 or 4 of the hazelnut bushes. The rest appear to be males. Dammit.
The berries are done. It was a great year for them and I am sated.
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.
Actually, we mostly haven’t. And I have been reminded via a post by Chris Condello, that fruit trees don’t grow in vacuums and need tending.
So, I did a search, found a useful article that appears to be very straightforward and am planting it here so I can retrieve it easily.
It is Training and Pruning Fruit Trees by the NC State Agricultural Extension Service. Since we are in North Carolina, it makes sense that they would have information particularly useful to us.
This is what one of the Arkansas Black apple trees looks like, now. If I put up a photo of the other one, you couldn’t be sure it wasn’t the same tree so I’m not going to.
These are the more prolific blueberries. Looks we’re finally getting fruit after 4 years. I just found teh list I had made of the blueberry varieties when I put them in in 2009. Coming up the fence from the shed, they are Bright Eyes (a gift from Ann), Delight, Misty, Climax, Misty, Bright Blue and Misty.
(Edit: Chuck reminded me that Bright Blue was wiped out by the mulch guy and replaced with another Misty. Misty has very small berries. I should have recognized it.)