Sunday, May 30, 2010

Peas, Please!



Oh, the joy of fresh sugar pod peas! Cook them? Never! (almost) But when I do eat them on a plate, rather than snatching them directly from the vine into my mouth -- this is the recipe:
Fresh May Peas and Sugar Snap Peas in Sesame Dressing from epicurious.com

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Garden Song


Although it's been done many times, most notably by Arlo Guthrie, this old song is the tune I hum when I'm digging away out in the garden.  It's time to post it again for this year....

Inch by Inch, written by David Mallet in Maine (I believe) and done, as no one else can do it -- by Pete Seeger.
Hit the link and start humming -
The Garden Song

(Enjoy the tune and forget the video quality - it's 40 years old....And yes, that's Arlo harmonizing in the background. And thanks to Banjostead, whomever you are, for posting it for the rest of us!)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The last of the beautiful month of May....

These last days of May are ones I cherish.  Right now all of the plants in the gardens look so green, so vibrant and healthy. No Japanese beetles have arrived to shred them, nothing is sun scorched or parched from summer and the general wear-and-tear of the season is all in the future.  Right now everything in the landscape is budding up, beginning to bloom, beginning to fruit and life is good!

The rabbiteye blueberries (Vaccinium ashei) are setting a really great crop of fruit this year, probably encouraged by the copious rains and relatively cool weather we've had.  We finally got out to give them each a nice dose of Holly Tone fertilizer (about a cup each at this size) It's amazing to watch the plants deepen in color and "perk up" with gentle applications of the right fertilizer. In our soil, it's a fight to keep the pH low enough (< 5) to keep blueberries healthy. Rabbiteye blueberries are about the most adaptable, uncomplaining of all the fruit plants we grow.  This fertilizer should have gone on two months ago, but better-late-than-never will have to do.  At least the berry plants each got a so-so bit of pine needle mulch to help keep the roots cool but the wire grass has moved right into it.  Now that we restrict our use of Roundup, it's a battle to keep the weeds away from the plants.  A battle I lose every summer.

Well, whatever our garden frustrations, let's go out and admire how perfect the leaves and plants look right now, before the real summer begins! We've worked for this beauty, let's enjoy it.  - Sybil

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Leaping into Spring....

The jump from April into May is one of those fast leapfrog transitions that always catches me by surprise.  The weather gradually begins to warm into genuine spring, the peas curl and climb upward, the lettuces form into their lovely, distinct heads and I begin gardening in earnest.  Each April, I think I may be on top of it this year, if I really get to it and stick to a plan.  Then, whap! The thermometer hits 90, the warming soil springs up in new summer weeds and suddenly I'm behind, behinder and I wonder if I will ever catch up.  The transplants must go in NOW.  The compost should have been worked in three weeks ago! The grass is over my ankles and why won't the push mower start?  Some things never change......   Weeding away, Sybil