On the Farm
Just going to do a little update about what is happening on the farm...mostly planting! We have had an unseasonably cold spring this year. It has delayed planting of pretty much everything until the past couple of weeks. I remember in past years planting in April and just crossing my fingers that everything would be okay but I didn't dare do that this year. As soon as it looked like there were no freezing temps in the 10 day forecast, I started planting.
Here is a pic of something new I am trying this year...Pink Celery! Celery is actually pretty easy to grow and I have grown regular old green celery for several years. I have canned my own cream of celery soup to use in casseroles the past couple years. I saw the seed for this pink celery and decided to give it a try...so cute!
I moved the worms out to their summer home...the bathtub that we converted to a worm bin. They will stay out here until the freezing weather returns. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of worms that I had in my bin in the house...
I find phenology fascinating and I always think that I am going to follow this advice but then life happens and I just get so busy and want to get it all planted! One aspect of phenology is looking to (mostly perennial) plants to give you cues as to when to plant your garden. In a broader sense, phenology also encompasses bird migration, fall leaf color, insect emergence, etc...
Taken from almanac.com:
"Phenology is the study of cyclical natural phenomena and events—from bud burst to bird migration—and then letting nature’s timing help you understand when to plant and harvest. Native and ornamental plants act as nature’s “alarm clock” by signaling that temperatures and precipitation are optimal for planting.Since average frost dates are just an estimate, observing the plant and animal activity can be very helpful. While not totally foolproof, following nature’s clock helps us tune in to the rhythm of life around us."
Here are some examples...sorry, not the best quality pic but I think you can read it if you make it larger...
When I asked Henry if he knew about phenology he said he did and gave me this example: it is time to put out a preemergence herbicide for crabgrass when the forsythia bloom. I had heard earlier this spring that it is time to hunt for morels after you have cut your grass 2 times.
Do you use any phenology when you plant your garden?
Have an eggcellent day!
Joshua is graduating from high school on Wednesday!