As Spring makes its entrance…

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Posted by Gordon | Posted in News | Posted on 10-03-2012

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REDBUD BLOOM

 

… it is time to put in the Spring garden.  Everything seems to want to start at once.  I was hoping that we would have our bees by now so that they could take full advantage of the coming nectar flow but getting bees is proving to be a very difficult thing.  I have ordered our special Varroa mite resistant verity early so as to get them early but I have heard nothing.  I will track them down Monday.  Our initial pollen flow should run through April so we still have time for a strong start if we get them soon.  I spoke with a friend who has two hives a couple miles from here and he reports strong hives with few hive beetles (Aethina tumida).  That is very encouraging as last spring the word was that the beetle was everywhere and taking over hives.  I believe that our top bar hive is the only one in the area as opposed to the standard Langsford hive which most bee keepers use.  The top bar hive is supposed to be more “bee friendly.”

I received an email from an old friend who found this blog while searching the web.  He sent me a couple photographs of the greenhouse he designed and built which rotates with the passage of the sun.  I have not seen it but I am intrigued.

Skeeter's greenhouse

Skeeter Gardner built this greenhouse for Annie Williamson and himself out of reclaimed material. It is unique in that it is built on a contraption he invented called a SPASM. This allows the building to rotate on an axis to follow the sun.

He also sent a photo of his garden.

Another healthy Lady's Island garden.

I have invited him and Annie to visit our garden and will visit him also.

 

OUR GARDEN PROGRESS

We have had a very successful winter garden.  those vegetables we decided to plant did well and produced abundant crops.  In fact, we have unharvested food that will probably go to the chickens soon.  The sugar peas have a good picking on the vines and would continue to produce into the Spring if the peas were picked.  I have planted a new crop beside the existing vines as I expect to have to cut the old ones down if not kept harvested.

SUGAR PEAS

Our broccoli has continued to produce small florets since the main crop came in.  We have picked them continuously and I have two gallon zip lock bags in the frig.  they have erupted in the last four days and burst into yellow flowers.  there are still many unopened buds on the plants so if anyone would like to gather them before they open – please do.  I will pull the plants once they are all in bloom.

BROCCOLI IN BLOOM

 

I planted a row of artichoke earlier this week.  This is a vegetable that will produce for 4 years and give 10 to 20 artichokes per plant.  They should do well here and I spent several hours preparing the soil before I planted to insure a good crop.  You will find them next to the chicken fence.

NEWLY PLANTED ARTICHOKES BEHIND A ROW OF ONION AND RADISH

 

I also planted the rest of the strawberries which are looking very good as they are starting to bloom.  I have mulched half the bed but the rest needs to be covered.  IT IS TIME TO PLANT THE TOMATOES!  I have the plants and they are ready to go in.  ofter we plant them we need to water them deeply and mulch.  I put in 3 rows of carrots in one of the double dug beds and have beets to seed in another.  You will also find nine winter squash vines under the blue berries which are in full bloom.  I have peppers and swiss chard that I have sprouted that can go into the garden as I have hardened them off.  All this needs to be done this weekend.

UN-MULCHED STRAWBERRIES

 

WINTER SQUASH VINE

 

A COUPLE OF TOMATOES I MANAGED TO PLANT BEFORE MY KNEES TOLD ME TO NOT BEND AGAIN - OR ELSE!

 

HERE COMES THE WISTERIA

 

IT IS TIME FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL  WISTERIA  SOIREE!

Looks like the bloom schedule will demand that we do it Wednesday or Thursday or no later than a week from Monday.  I will be out of town next weekend so we can’t do it then.  For those co-op members who did not attend the first soiree, it was a delightful gathering with shrimp and wine and cheeses and fruit under the wisteria arbor in the garden.  Please plan to attend and bring a couple that you would like to have join us in our garden activities.  We really need one more couple to join us and help us eat what we produce.  You can also bring a friend if you don’t know of a future co-op couple.  Let’s try to all get together this weekend (Sunday is really good for me as I am doing several Fannie Mae broker price opinions tomorrow).

 

BLUEBERRY BLOOM

 

GRAPEFRUIT BUDDING

 

KEEFER PEAR

 

OUR SPRING MIX MATURED INTO COOKING GREENS NOTE THE TWO LITER BOTTLES

 

GORDON FRITZ

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (1)

Gordon,
Have been meaning to call and stop by if convenient. I have been nearby most of the winter, getting several loads of horsey poop from Doinda and Michael Mark. I created a new entry bed for the property, made a 200ft marsh edge bed, covered the fern area in rear of home, and added a layer to my new raised garden bed from last year. Now I just need to begin planting.

Hard to believe that you all have currently growing or begginning to grow, I am envious of the pictures.

I enjoyed the soiree last year, very nice and sereen. I will be unable to attend tomorrow if you have it then, however, any other time I should be available.

Will try to contact you next week!

Bob Campbell

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