Thursday, April 21, 2016

Grafts update.
While I am almost certain that graft #1 did not take, I was delighted to confirm that graft #2 is sprouting leaves:

and puzzled by the unchanged look of grafts 3-6: 
Meanwhile the spinach is growing in orderly fashion,

as are the snow peas:
under their respective cat-guards.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

I was preparing my penitentiary for the planting of the lupini (Sarah's lupini), and noticed that the large arugola plant left from last year, healthy on Monday, was wilted. It had been chewed off of its roots. Then I noticed some familiar mounds. Mole mounds or gopher mounds, but not identical to those I used to "treat" on Singletree Lane. There is no visible entry point until I scrape off the dirt and expose it. Just south of my beloved rhubarb there was a hole (now partially filled with mole and gopher pellets:
I got a small taste of what the African farmer must feel after a herd of elephants crumple his crops. Now we wait. And inspect daily.
So, I posted the above, had a beer, and returned to the mole hole. That took all of 30 minutes. Here is what I found:

The critter had already had its lunch, and started to reconstitute the mound of dirt when, I am imagining, it was overtaken by a powerful tummy ache... Bye bye moley!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Field of Iris.
In bloom:
The rain of the last couple of days has damaged the globs, which I now know are full of insect eggs, probably wasps:
The bad news seems to be that, along with the apricot, neither the peach nor the plum have managed to retain their fruit. But my seedlings are doing well. I'll have a good patch of snow peas, two good patches of spinach, and one patch of red chard. The rhubarb will soon be giving me stalks for another crisp. And the raspberry vines now number four.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring Cleaning.
I was cleaning and organizing the shed (a veritable mouse haven) and found two growths on two of the interior walls, which I easily removed intact:
They are similar to wasp (hornet?) nests, but I see no entry point anywhere on the glob. The function of the gray spot on the larger glog is unclear to me. The height of the larger is 4 and 1/4 inches; the diameter of the smaller is 4 and 1/4 inches. There is no sign of inhabitants of any kind. What are they?

A bit of garden news: the raspberry that survived the winter is propagating, by rhizomes, I think, or perhaps by runners or stolons. I am not clear about the difference, but will read the more reliable accounts and I will eventually know.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Cold Nights. The past four or five nights have seen lows in the high 20's. I am concerned that neither peach nor plum fruit has materialized. This is what the blossoms look like this morning (I hope I am wrong):

The surviving raspberry looks good:
Four of my peach grafts also seem to be surviving:
My seedlings are coming along in their heated bed:
My spinach and snow peas are coming up, the creeping rosemary is doing well,
but two of the mice who have been feeding on the fertilizer (!) stored in my shed have gone bye bye: