What’s been going on!
Really glorious weather this week and we are in the heart of spring for sure. A few weeks ago I was talking about how early this spring seemed compared to past years, warmer earlier, trees leafing out faster, crops maturing weeks ahead of normal. Interestingly I ran across the National Phenology Network’s page on the status of spring and according to their maps we have had the earliest leaf out in the 39 years they have been keeping records!
We have been taking advantage of the last cool mornings to finish up some chainsaw work, cleaning up some areas around the farm and cutting a little more firewood. I hate running the chainsaw when the leaves are out but there are times you have to do it and the weather was conducive as long as we are finished by noon. Weekly plantings continue but we are nearing the end of the cool season crops that need to go in the ground, only a few more rounds of lettuce to go in the ground.
The earliest warm season crops are beginning to really move. The cucumbers are beginning to climb the trellis and two weeks ago I suckered the tomatoes and this week I will have to tie them up a second time as they have kicked into a higher gear after the pruning. With temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s things will really start to move fast, including the weeds!
Picture of the week
Sign of good things to come
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