Beau May 17th, 2009
It’s been a busy week, especially with all the rain and thunderstorms but fortunately lots of water and some windblown debris was the only result in our area. This morning was very cool, waking to temperatures around 42 degrees F. But the sun is out and the week promises to give us a warming trend. Grow tomatoes grow! And everything else too… aside from cutworms chopping off a few beets and pea plants at their base, everything seems to be doing very well.
The sugar peas are already two inches taller than this picture from a few days ago. They were planted a few weeks late so I’m not sure how long our harvest will be.
And the potatoes are going crazy- about twice as high as this picture already. I planted a five pound bag (20+ tubers) of red pontiac seed potatoes… so how much will that make? With fertilizer and good moisture, I’m hoping we get 40-50 pounds this year. Do you harvest your potatoes right after the flowers bloom? Or do you let them grow bigger until the stems wilt in the fall?
The bird life continues to amaze me- this Baltimore Oriole was singing high in the treetops. They’re usually more bright orange, so I thought the yellowish coloration of this one to be interesting.
And the bluebirds have already fledged their first batch of youngsters- this young bluebird was waiting for mom or pop to come by with a juicy snack.
Yesterday while cutting down some trees we found two cicadas that had just emerged from the ground. This one climbed up the outside of a beehive, came out of its pupal shell and sat drying its wings. If it isn’t eaten by a bird first we may hear it calling high in the treetops next month. I love how things change and emerge through the seasons.
Other than that, our wayward duck Quackers appears to have left us. He stayed for a couple of weeks and either the thunderstorms ran him off, or maybe my negative duck energy! We’ll see if he shows up…