|Store bought cabbage|
|Cabbage leaf with green lacewing eggs mixed in bran sprinkled on it|
|The new Comfrey bed is doing great. I harvest here almost daily.|
|Cowpeas are trying to make an appearance|
|Okra does not like cool wet weather and is not very happy....yet|
|Cushaw squash with nasturtiums|
|Yellow squash with nasturtiums|
The tomatoes got off to a hard start with lots of flea beetle holes. I think the green lacewings have made a difference there, too. But the tomatoes don't like the cool, wet weather any more than the okra. It's been in the 40's the last few nights with highs in the 70's. Today was the first day of sunshine in about a week.
|One of the apple trees has a surprise this year for the first time|
|We each had a strawberry for breakfast this morning. The first of the year.|
|More on the way|
|The new strawberry bed is growing despite all of the slugs I pick here every morning.|
|We have beets planted in several places that are just starting to grow well.|
|The carrots are happy.|
|We're trying collard greens for the first time.|
|Cucumbers are just getting started.|
|Onions are finally putting on some growth.|
|In just a few days, these turnips have just about doubled in size.|
|And the Clematis is just beautiful.|
It won't be long before the garden will be in full swing and need much more tending than it does right now. That means we need to get a few more projects completed while we still have a little more time. You know the old saying, "April showers bring May flowers." Well, with all of the April showers we've had, the wild and tame blackberries are blooming in profusion.
And the honeysuckle won't be far behind. I pick it almost daily for the goats. It's good for expelling worms.
We watch the garden grow with great anticipation for that first fresh squash, that first pan of turnip greens, that first red, ripe tomato and much, much more. So, tell me, how is your garden doing this year?
Today we drove about 100 miles to the east to visit one of Frank's family, which took us through rural eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. We noticed along that way that there weren't many gardens planted. This is sad. Why aren't people raising their own food? Sad.
Until next time - Fern