Wishetwurra Farm, April 28, 2018

Despite the joyful and consuming arrival of last fall’s miracle, Coquina the Wonderdog, and other diversions such as the trip to Japan, Wishetwurra Farm still functions. Winter was hard on the place. The twenty-plus year old rosemary bush in the greenhouse gave up the ghost. I still haven’t had the heart to rip out its still-fragrant skeleton, but will have to, one of these days. The blueberry cage was destroyed by the snowstorms and will have to be rebuilt. The entry gate posts rotted at ground level and had to be sistered into stability.

In the garden fence there were four holes big enough to jump a deer through, and jump they did. One night a month or so back I went to check the garden and heard some mighty thumps, crashes, and rending noises as a panicked deer made a new breach to escape from. The deer holes are now mended, but there is still a place where that darned rabbit comes in to get salad. There are a lot of things on the “to-do” list, including getting twenty or thirty or forty truckloads of manure and seaweed. I can’t do it all anymore. Time to get a hired person?

Destructions and setbacks are inevitable, and so is the recurring fact of spring. Tomorrow will have two minutes and twenty-five seconds more light than today.  Light is steadily vanquishing the darkness of winter. The hummingbirds have arrived, and the temperatures are inexorably rising despite the backwardness of the season. One of these days we will be able to garden not in a shirt and vest, but just a T-shirt.

Or nothing at all, should we choose full exposure.

I was too lazy to make the traditional ascent to the roof of the Goat Barn for an aerial view of the garden, but here is a report on Wishetwurra Farm as of April 28, 2018. The yard is raked. The brush pile is burned and the resultant charcoal and ashes have been spread. We have pruned the fruit trees and small fruit.

What else is happening? Seeds are started inside, under the lights of the propagation setup I bought last year. Normally, I’m too cheap to spring for something like this, but when one gets advertised in the paper for a fifth of its original cost, I can’t resist.

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Baby tomatoes and peppers, under lights inside. 

The inside “babies” are thriving.

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Tomatoes and peppers under lights inside….

The first batch of tomato seedlings have already been sent out to the greenhouse for hardening off.

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These tomatoes have been moved from teeny pots to 4″ pots. If they outgrow the four-inchers, they’ll get potted up once more before going to the open garden in late May. 

The greenhouse is full of greens.

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Spinach, coles, arugula, lettuces, claytonia, mache, and more. 

We’re now solidly into salad season.

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The body is so happy to eat these first spring greens. 

Our leeks seeds were planted as soon as they arrived from fedco. Last January!

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These leek seedlings, now as small as grass, will have shanks an inch or two thick by the time the days get short and cold next fall. 

The open garden doesn’t look like much yet. Most of the action is roots growing underground, so the plants will be ready to grow fast when the weather warms.

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Garlic, onion sets, early cole crops and greens, getting settled and ready to grow. 

The first pease, now testing the air with tendrils, were planted early and coddled in house and greenhouse before being transplanted out a few weeks ago.

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These pease will be our contenders for the annual Morning Glory Farm “First Peas to the Table” contest, which we’ve managed to win the last three years in a row. Our clay ground is slow to warm, so we’re always surprised if we manage to beat those with sandy, sunny, early-to-warm gardens. 

The first outside planting of pease has just broken through.

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Is there anything more exciting than the first sight of a sprouted seed?

Most of the action so far this year has been on the north side of the garden. The south side will wait, here will go warmer weather crops, squash, and corn, and tomatoes, and beans, and……..

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The near part of the south garden, accumulation rough litter, rakings, and so on. We hope to cover it with a solid layer of manure, and will probably plant winter squash, vine crops, and sunflowers here. Diagonally, you see our row of fancy daffodils coming into bloom. 

We’re in full daffodil season now.

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“Splitcups” from that row of fancy daffodils. 

There are thousands of daffodils in bloom here right now. Some of the clumps are now thirty and forty years old, and need digging and dividing. One more project!

If you’d like to see some of the variety here, go see:

https://thetompostpile.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/april-rogues-gallery-and-a-few-thoughts-on-weather-and-photography/

If you don’t want to do that, here is what our tables and windowsills look like at this time of year.

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Not only are they pretty, but they make the house smell nice.

 

 

 

 

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One response to “Wishetwurra Farm, April 28, 2018

  1. Daffodils are still going? This is one of the only posts that does not have tulips in it! They seem to be all the rage at the moment.

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