Tilling Tidings (04/30/21)

Today the weather finally straightened out into a false summer more typical of Tennessee’s springs. The humidity was high, the temperature was eighty, and my blueberry plants have finally caught a break. We finished planting potatoes and peppers, and now all that’s left is to cover the trees in preparation for Brood X in True Summer, and wait for the little ones in the greenhouse to grow.

The greenhouse is looking pretty sparse these days. All that’s left are some cucumbers, cat mint, zucchini, and a few other plants that just aren’t ready for Tennessee’s unusual weather patterns. Soon it will be empty, but that may not happen next week, as everything is happening so much, something I’ll talk about in next month’s Of Bones and Bureaucracy, so stay tuned for that. The plants outside, though, seem to be doing well despite the extreme temperature shift.

As you can see from the photo, the tomatoes and peas are climbing high in our patriotic little cages for them. (Naughty climber plants get put in plant jail, of course).

The onions are absolutely living for these temperatures, and I suspect it won’t be long til I’ll have to pull them up and give them a good crunch. It’s hard to see from the photo, but the peppers and potatoes are also quite content in their little holes.

I honestly do not hope for another bumper crop of peppers this year. Last year I had enough peppers to make over 80 jars of pepper jelly, as well as freezing and drying plenty, and while I do appreciate not having to pay for wedding favors, I do think it was a wee bit excessive. That being said, does anyone want pepper jelly?

Please, take my pepper jelly.

Gala
Fuji
Winesap

The three apple trees are still growing like weeds. The Gala has several new branches as well, and the Fuji is catching up swiftly. The Winesap seems to be doing its own thing, but that’s fine. Honestly, I’m surprised it hasn’t died out of spite for being my favorite, and the reason for the other trees. Still, seeing them grow fills my heart with pride.

Now, let’s play a game. It’s called: find the blueberry bushes. There are two in this picture:

There’s also two red ant nests in there!

Did you find the blueberries yet?

Need a little hint?

They’re ringed by some pine mulch!

Alright, alright, I’ll give you the answer. Don’t worry, it took me an embarrassing amount of time to find them, too, and I planted the little buggers.

There they are! They finally have their leaves back after the frost, and they’re actually doing pretty well, concealed in their little jungle of buttercups. Of course I’ll need to mow around them, but thanks for playing! Hopefully once they’re big and strong and ringing my driveway they’ll be easier to spot. Grow fast, little ones. I desire your berries.

And speaking of berries, there’s one more blueberry bush to share.

/insert angel’s chorus for the blueberry bush

She’s finally got her leaves back after the frost! No berries yet (of course, the frost killed them all) and maybe no berries at all, but she’s finally thriving. I’ll have to re-mulch her, but after I feed her some coffee grounds I’ve been saving. Ah, little one, I’m so happy to see you’re finally growing back!

Spring is a busy time of year for us, and I hope you’re looking forward to next week’s report on the growth of our precious plants. Until next time!

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