The apricot trees are in blossom! They are always the first of the fruit trees to bloom, a welcome sign that spring surely is upon us.
We have 2 apricot trees in our backyard, planted by my father around 50 years ago. Living in the shadows of the 2 huge maple trees, these apricot trees grow taller & taller, reaching towards the sunshine. As a result of living in the shade – and also because we don’t prune or spray them – they produce no edible fruit.
I really should cut them down. But the trees are like sculpture – their trunks & branches have so much character. And so they remain.
The cats love the trees. They serve as both their play centre and resting spot.
Elsewhere on the farm, things are growing & advancing (slowly) despite the mostly cool & wet weather.
The garlic has come up beautifully.
Little currants are already forming on our red currant bushes.
We have managed to get some vegetables seeded in the fields. The peas are doing well – enjoying all the moisture & cool days. Under the hoops & insect covering are radishes, salad turnips & pak choy. This netting protects the vegetables from bugs.
These transplants are still small but settling in nicely – spinach, kale, broccoli & edible flowers … Last years kale (seen on the left) has resumed growth and is providing small but delicious leaves for fresh salads.
We finally have some breathing room in the small greenhouse where the seedlings start their life.
That’s because a lot of seedlings have been either transplanted into the fields or moved to the large greenhouse. It is filling up with tomato, pepper, eggplant & herb plants. They are slightly behind in their growth but should catch up quickly with a bit of sun!
The black hoops over the rows are to hold up the row cover – a white, cloth-like fabric which we use to protect the seedlings on colder nights, since this greenhouse is not heated. Just this week we had a hard frost. Everything in the greenhouse was well protected.
Outdoors the plants had quite a frosty coating, though it burned off quickly in the morning sun. However no damage was done.
The blackberries are tied and mulched – one row with wood chips & one row with straw. We’ll compare the growth, production & health of the blackberry canes between the 2 different mulches this season. Also important is to see which mulch does a better job of preventing weeds and holding moisture.
Of course careful comparisons are already happening and opinions are being formed!!
Happy Spring everybody!!