Beau July 21st, 2008
It seems that if you plant sunflowers, there will be a few volunteers over the years. This one is growing toward the front of the house, brought there by friendly birds after last year’s plants in the garden.
It’s kind of neat that one of the ways seeds are propagated in nature is due to birds. The birds eat the fruit and as the seeds pass through their digestive tract, they are deposited in many different places. Which is kind of amazing really. Except for cedar trees. Eastern Red Cedar that is. It’s a pretty, evergreen tree that produces very strong (and nice smelling) wood. But they are ubiquitous! Too big of a word to simply say we have too many around, and they get their start with the help of birds usually while perched along a fence.
At least around here that’s why you see so many cedar trees along the fence lines. Down the road a bit I saw someone who cleared out their fence line of all the brush and barb wire, removing all but some nicely spaced and trimmed cedars. That looks very nice I will admit. One day perhaps we’ll do the same. For now the barb wire, old fence posts and tangly growth is just going to stay for a while.
Speaking of growing things, our tomatoes are finally turning red. The little cherry tomatoes have been producing for a while, but the larger ones are now ripening. We planted several different varieties as an informal experiment to see which ones do well here. With the cooler, wet season early on, it seemed like they were going to stay green, but now they are coming on much better.
If they produce much more we’re going to make sauce, stewed tomatoes, frozen tomatoes… whatever works. Met someone last week though who is growing 104 tomato plants… in their yard. They are taking the ripe tomatoes to farmer’s markets in the back of a truck. That must be a lot of picking!