2017 Harvest

Monday, April 27, 2015

Finally blossoming

Orchard has finally started blossoming, this year it started almost 2 months later than last year.

First to show their flowers are early cherries and sour cherries. Again this year flowers are almost 4 meters from the ground so again I will have to shake them down...or leave all the fruits to the blackbirds.

Apples have lots of flowers this year, I hope all of them will give me fruits...or at least half of them.

Walnut tree

My new apricot Aurora survived this winter. One more year and maybe I'll get first fruits.

While I was walking around I noticed a blossoming tree outside the orchard.
From what I can see it could be an apple but still not sure. I will remember to watch it during summer, maybe there will be fruits to harvest.

Years ago there was another orchard behind mine but lately nobody is tending it and now it's filled with underbushes and nobody can go through it. Ever deer and roe avoid it so they made a path around my yard. Each day I see them walking on the path when they are moving from forest to the meadow to eat. Path is actually useful fro us too. We can walk through the woods without having to avoid trees and small shrubs :)

I'm still waiting for my quince and blackberries to wake up. I hope they will do it soon. It's so strange to see blossoming trees in beginning of May.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Keep calm and garden on

Past few days I've been thinking and I came to the conclusion that there's no point in moping around the house and that despite of the constant pain there's nothing else to do but keep calm and start working in the garden again.

I have to sow vegetables, dig beds, remove weeds and prolonging this won't bring me any less work.
So I decided to take it slow and do what has to be done.
Yesterday I managed to dig all my beds to remove weeds from them and prepare them for seedlings, I've sown part of my beans. It's warm enough for my Berggold and Wonder of Piedmont wax beans.

The rest of beans(Trešnjevac and 5 new varieties) will go to the shaded part of the garden and will wait for the soil to dry. Usually I've sown my beans around April 15th but my dad told me that there's no hurry. Old people in Croatia always waited for corn to germinate and then sow beans between corn, and since nobody has sown corn here yet I'll wait with my beans.

Today I've done lots of walking up and down the hill. Few weeks ago I brought all my poles to paint them with slaked lime. Now I had to take them back to the lower part of the yard and then to the garden. Not a very nice job when you can't walk properly. I had to wear my dads sneakers because I can't put on my garden shoes but with enough rest I managed to take and hammer them in less than 4 hours.

I've placed 80 poles and still need at least 10 or I will not have enough for all my tomatoes.

While I've been dragging poles around Nero and Gizmo were walking along like two little leeches.

 Nero is angry because he's not allowed in the garden until my peas and carrots get big enough.
Both just germinated and few clumsy paws would destroy it.

With today's work I've almost done everything that has to be done in April.

I still need my cucumber net and to clean my flower beds but that will have to wait till I recover from today.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

seedling report

I haven't been blogging much lately because this year has killed my blogging joy. With latest health issues and bad weather I lost my will to write.
I was filled with new ideas at the beginning of the year but now they are slowly fading away.
While I was pruning my orchard in March I injured my foot and past month has been an everyday struggle. I have trouble walking and gardening. I'm in pain every day and my foot is still swollen. Right now of all my shoes I can wear only one pair.
To make my troubles even worse constant winds and cold made my garden a concrete plate that can't be softened in any way. After troubles with sowing peas and carrots, with help of my dad I managed to plant potatoes. This year soil was so bad we couldn't plant it in rows so instead we planted it "under hoe". We just lifted a lump of soil with hoe and placed potatoes under it.

I should be planting beans and corn but can't do anything until the soil softens a bit.

Unusually cold weather is making my seedling growing almost a nightmare. We did get few warm days with cold mornings and today we are back to cold, rainy and windy day. In my wooden greenhouse, covered with styrofoam and agrotextil temperature is only 9°C 

My tomatoes are far behind with growth and I can only hope they will be ready for transplanting when the time comes.

Peppers look a bit better but now I'm having trouble keeping them from freezing. I'm covering my greenhouses with blankets to keep them warm during the night.

I'm also struggling with flowers seedlings. I had to move them to my empty chicken coop to prevent wind damage.

The wind strength is visible from the fact that north wind tore up my plastic foil which resulted in pots full of water.

Pumpkins and watermelons are constantly moved in and out of the house, I'm trying to make them get as much sun as the can. Still they are growing very tall because there's not enough sun in the house and cold weather is keeping me from giving them full sun.

 The problem is visible on my Amaranths too, they look like they're drunk.

Not only plants are affected by this weather. My 2 pests(yes pests not a spelling error) are also unhappy. I have to constantly dry Gizmo, he likes to walk around in rain but hates being wet and then yelps around...

...and Nero, he doesn't get wet, he spends his days vegging on beds :) 

There's nothing left but to hope we'll get better days and times with more sun and less swollen feet :D