Monday, June 9, 2008

Gardening Before Sewing (for now)

I cannot complain that I am not sewing. For now I am spending quite a bit of time out of doors. The wet Spring that we had has been great for jumpstarting the gardens. Unfortunately, though, the weeds have had that same jump start! And so, with gloved hands, I continuously battle the onslaught of weeds in hopes of bringing a tiny bit of control over my gardens.

It has been a tough year for the vegetables....I have had to re-plant quite a few of the initial plants that I had grown. Cool nights a few weeks ago wiped out my cucumbers. I subsequently re-planted them and they were attacked by some sort of insect. Now I have noticed new leafy growth; so hopefully they will gain a foothold and begin to produce.

The berries are a different subject. We have experienced an explosion of ripe strawberries. Our blueberry bushes are so loaded with unripened fruit that the branches are hanging very low from the weight. We have gooseberries and tons of blossoms on our raspberries and blackberries. The apple trees have bounced back from their heavy winter pruning and will have a moderate yield, also. I have also noticed quite a few clusters of teeny tiny grapes hanging from the vines that we planted last year.

For now, though, the strawberries are enough to keep this farmgirl busy....


Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hi Beverly, it has been a hard year for vegetables here also. The harsh wind and dirt has been blowing everyday and the temperature is in the high 90's. It is an every day battle. A big part of my day is weeding and gardening also, leaving my stitching for late night. I just love your refreshing photos! blessings, Kathleen

Autumn said...

Beautiful berries and jam!!!
I need one of YOU here to keep me moving. I can't get things done- soooo many interruptions here!

Anonymous said...

dirty fingers are happy fingers..enjoy the products of your labor

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Bev, you've got so many different berries, the grapes, the apple trees..oh my, wish I could see all of it in person.

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