Gone "Gardening"

Last Update: Mar 21, 2022

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Actually, gardening is just one of many distractions for me this time of the year but one that I really do enjoy.

The weather finally warmed up in this area about a week ago. We were actually about three weeks behind normal at the time so I have been very busy in the garden since then. Things were going well until an unexpected hailstorm hit yesterday. Knocked many of the blossoms off the fruit trees.

That white stuff mixed with the rain made slush everywhere and lasted just long enough to do its damage to the fruit blossoms. Since the temperature was 62 degrees farenheit when the storm passed over, the ice bits melted rather quickly.

Hopefully, since there were plenty of honeybees working last week, many of those blossoms set fruit before getting dislocated. Time will tell. The plus side is I have turned the drip irrigation system off for a few days. The moisture yesterday is sufficient for now.


At the onset of summer I have had to re-prioritize things and have decided to set the social media part of WA on the back burner. There is still so much training that I need to go through in order to get the websites up. That will become my "inside" work for now.

Until later into the summer,

Archie

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I love gardening, Archie
It is a calm experience that one treasure especially in the early morning period
What are some of the things that you plant?

Hi Simone.
I have the spring veggies in now: lettuces, radishes, beets, snap peas. Will follow up with green beans, tomatoes, bell peppers. okra, egg plant, summer squashes. Then for fall picking will be the winter squashes and melons.
A fairly long growing season here so I keep all the space filled with something.
Not only enjoyable but so much better eating. Everything organic and we keep the neighbors happy as well.

Archie

Wow!
How delicious!

Enjoy your gardening. One of the great joys of life.
Stephen

Thanks, Stephen.

So nice to read your post, Archie! Gardening is very enjoyable. What kinds of fruit trees do you have in your yard? I hope the hail didn't do too much damage to your plants.

Once upon a time, I grew peaches, pears, apples and plums. I only have a kitchen garden in the summer now, but nothing beats home grown fruits and veggies for their taste and nutrition.

Susan

Thanks, Susan.
The apricot, plum, peach and almond were in full bloom. Cherry just starting and the apple and pear not out yet. Too early for the grapes as well.
All my fruits are dwarf and self pollinating. This is their 3rd year so I was hoping for a good season. I even have the bird netting ready to cover them with but wasn't counting on hail in these parts.
I really enjoy gardening but much more so when the weather cooperates.
Enjoy your kitchen garden.
Archie

That sounds like a lovely variety of fruits, Archie. I'm impressed that you use bird netting...I was never able to get that far before the chipmunks would get to the first signs of a fruit. Think I'll have to stick to the easy stuff in my kitchen garden for now. Have a great day.

Susan

Fortunately no chipmunks here but the birds like to peck at every piece. The netting directs them back to the seed I put out for them.

The worst rodents are the rabbits, heavy on the "bit" part.

Lately, I've only seen a few now during the day since that super Hot! summer, two summers ago with no rain, and violent wind storms!

We've lost lots of the predators, which means there is little for them to eat. But, I'm sure the rabbits are still chomping all night long.
I like shade fabric from internationalgreenhouse dot
youknowthedrill in premade sizes because you have to stretch it so it doesn't wreck itself flapping back and forth!
Or Colortree from amazon, but not amazon's cheapy brand of fence fabric, either brand comes with taped and grommeted edges.
OK, I have to get groceries from my van, so talk later!
Suzay


Great to see you, Archie!

Sorry about the surprise hailstorm! Take care, my friend. Stay successful, and we'll see you on the other side!

Jeff

I will PM you Jeff if the gas prices stablize enough to take our road trip in a couple months.
Meanwhile, stay healthy.
Archie

Thanks, Archie! I'm not holding my breath, but we shall hope for the best, my friend!

Take care and be safe!

Jeff

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