Kate Stephenson is a retired writer who can’t seem to keep her thoughts to herself. She is clearly obsessed with growing all manner of plants, especially vegetables and other edibles. See for yourself if her enthusiasm for gardening is contagious!
Kate's Corner for May
What beautiful weather we are having this week! I hate to come inside to do anything, how about you? At least I want to be working in the greenhouse, cleaning up the leftover spring mess and getting ready for the summer/fall growing season. I have already planted out some tomatoes (of course), and some of them are starting to bloom. They’ll be setting fruit this week if the warm sunshine holds. Cross my fingers.
The warmth makes the chickens want to be outside all the time, except when they’re working on an egg. It’s so funny; they line up, on their little ladder that leads to the nesting boxes. They cut in line, and they fuss at each other, because they all want to lay their egg in the same box. There are other boxes, of course, but the girls want the one in the middle. I have even seen them (Sweetie is especially bad about this. She is so miss-named!) roll another girl’s egg out of the center box into another one just so that she can lay her egg. And then comes the egg-talk. “Hey, everybody, I laid an egg! I laid an egg! It’s the first egg in the whole world, plus it’s the biggest and the best! Come and see!” Such fun, those hens. They always keep us amused.
I hope you were able to go to the PAGC plant sale. We had a great time, made a goodly amount of money for the club to fund the various community programs and other good causes that we support, and generally spread cheer and good will. (Not to mention tomatoes!) I will NOT plant so many varieties next year! I will not. I will not. I say that every year. I just so enjoy planting seeds and watching them grow. As I have mentioned before, I seem to be obsessed with this. Surely it will calm down eventually. Someday all my friends who work at the seed company will have retired and I will no longer be the recipient of so many fun and different seeds to try. Double-edged sword here. I want them to retire so they can come and visit me. But I love getting surprise packages filled with seeds. Just yesterday I planted seeds for fresh pickles cucumbers, because I mistakenly took all my seedlings to the sale, and every one sold. I hope you all enjoy my cucumbers!
Our little orchard trees are so covered with blooms this year, I hope there are enough bees to pollinate them. If so, there will be an abundance of fruit for us and the birds and the deer and the raccoons and especially the pileated woodpeckers. They are crazy about our pears. I don’t mind sharing, and I love to watch them in the trees. They are so large and prehistoric-looking. And they really do sound like Woody Woodpecker! Ah, life is good! Late spring, summer, and early fall are the best times here in this coolish Garden of Eden. I look forward to another gorgeous day tomorrow, and right this minute I am going back outside. I urge you to do the same.
Talk soon, and plant your summer veggies now! Kate