I almost forgot about this when I posted my garden growth. We have another “garden” area. When the chicken coop was finished and attached to the run, the run and tractor were moved over to a new section of land. That meant that we had an open area that had been fertilized for a month or more. Dave rototilled it and planted corn. The corn looks rather sad, but you have to keep in mind that this was planted a full week or more after the garden seeds. Plus, there are two varieties. The ones on the right that look fuller are an earlier variety. It still looks a bit sparse, but hopefully we’ll get enough corn for us to eat.
In other yard news… our peonies look wonderful this year. I love peonies – I just wish they didn’t require support and “babying” (shelter from winds and rain), but I’ll enjoy them while I can.
Last year we planted hostas all around the back of the house. They came back beautifully this year and are filling out nicely.
Also last year, Dave planted a clematis. It was a single stalk and didn’t get very big but it managed to produce a single flower. This year, the vine is winding up our deck railing, the plant is nice and healthy, and we’re going to have at least four of these gorgeous flowers!
Just like everything else this spring, our grapes started early. And then they got hit with frost (we forgot to cover them). I was worried that was going to be the end of our grapes … Dave has had a horrible time getting them to grow at all! But they’ve come back. There are several new leaves and the vines are taking off. We’re still not sure if we’ll ever see grapes in our lifetime…
I mentioned earlier this year that our Haralson and Honey Crisp apples didn’t produce any blossoms this year. But the plums might make up for the loss. Both trees had lots of blossoms which have turned into dozens of little plums. Dave says they’re getting their “butt cracks” already … that indentation in the middle of the fruit. We should have a good harvest this fall.