MAY DAY! MAY DAY!
The Farm Report
MAY DAY! So, do I mean 'It's May!' or am I using the International Distress Call? Maybe both.
The Redbud Trees are in full bloom, the fruit trees are blooming, and it is just a beautiful time of year to be in Iowa. Mostly.
O.J. didn't seem nearly as worried over the wilted lettuce pans as I was. He is not a worrier.
Fingers crossed! This is my Danube cherry tree in full bloom. It is a cross between Bing and Ballaton, and makes a fantastic cherry. I freeze 'em whole (pitted) and with just a tiny bit of sugar, they make a desert dish for me.
The heat spikes a few weeks ago 'singed' the lettuce tips, but this Tom Thumb makes the sweetest tasting little butterball head you've ever tasted.
My Master Gardener lecture programs interfered with my spare time, so I haven't written to you for awhile. I promise to do better and keep 'em shorter. But, for the record, the spuds are in and the waiting clock is running.
I got out my 1928 Planet Jr. double wheel hoe to cover them again. I don't know why, but I get a peculiar kick out of using that old antique rig every year.
Neat 'n pretty. Ready for some seeds.
I use this little baby soil blocker to start a lot of my seeds. Especially the tiny ones.
This is what a WHOLE PACKET of oregano seeds looks like. They're finer than dust.
I put the baby soil block pad on a piece of fabric so I can move it around then set it onto the wet blanket under grow lights - and wait.
And wait - until this happens! It works.
The little lettuce roots grow out into the air and then stop. The whole little half inch cube of soil becomes a root ball. I transplant that into a bigger pot or block.
After awhile, the greenhouse gets crowded and space is at a premium. I love it. I even start my onions in plug trays. It is so much easier to plop an onion plug into the ground than a spindly little sprout.
Six by six concrete reinforcing wire and a roll of tape, and I can do miracles!
I've decided that this year I'm going to grow more flowers and less food. I'm an old guy and I can only eat so much before I get sick of it. You never get tired of pretty flowers though. So...Dahlias it is! My new fascination.
Plus, I have learned (thank you Monty Don and BBC Gardeners World) that it is easy to take cuttings from dahlias started in the greenhouse to multiply for the season. This fits in with the Iowa rule about making things out of nothing, and it is fun.
Another try at a raspberry patch. I never give up.
This time, three Killarney reds and three Anne golden raspberries. Gee I hope they'll get the spirit and grow.
"Tim, he's going to try to git me isn't he?"
Well Annie, judging from his Sword Foot, I'd say you're right. He is thinking about how he can get you - with the least possible effort on his part. I'd stay back if I were you.