Thursday, April 14, 2011

This week

It was very windy yesterday with the approaching storms.  That means pollen was blowing like crazy.  The blackberries and multiflora roses are starting to bloom.  I've been working in the garden cultivating cilantro, which is especially interesting because it does not grow during the summer as it prefers cool weather.  I've also been walking all around the woods and hollow with my dog, Wu, checking things out.  During the spring things grow so fast that new things appear weekly.  The mountain azaleas are blooming and all the trees have leafed out now.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

This past week

We have had lots of good rain this past week and weekend.  Spring is usually a wet time of the year.  All the rain now gives us a head start when we get into the hot dry months of the summer.  The crabapple and dogwood trees are starting to bloom.  April is fast approaching, and that means blackberry winter and the start of summer planting.  You might not know about blackberry winter but, it is usually in the first part of April and it is when the blackberry bushes start to bloom. 
This week I will go to Wilsonville to get chicken feed, adjust the chicken tractors, cut wild watercress, and host a Girl Scout Troop who will be learning about foraging.  I hope to get in some more spring planting very soon!
I hope everyone has a great week and don't forget about the next foraging class coming up in April!