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Ahhh . . . . Springtime! (??!?!?)

Unfortunately, spring seems to have lost its way to eastern Pennsylvania. Last night the thermometer read 23 degrees. Our peach, Asian pear and sour cherry trees are ready to pop. It will be a while before we know for sure how the current extremes in temperature will affect the fruit we hope to harvest, but an even bigger concern is how it will impact the local orchardists’ harvests. Here is a link that will help you determine what impact these freezing temperatures may have on your specific fruit trees:
http://agbioresearch.msu.edu/uploads/396/36740/PictureTableofFruitFreezeDamageThresholds.pdf .

Peach blossom, the morning after 23-degree temps

Peach blossom, the morning after 23-degree temps

What a lesson in learning how few things in life we can control. Three deep breaths and letting go and accepting I have no control over the weather. It seems Mother Nature wants to remind all of us.

Last week during a warm spell, I put in the brassica (broccoli and Brussels sprouts) and covered them with row covers to prevent our free-range chickens from digging them up. Actually we have to cover everything with row covers or the chickens will dig up anything we plant.

Weeding with chickens (different season, same results!)

Weeding with chickens (different season, same results!)

But they are sooooo cute when I am weeding and cultivating. They stay very close to where I am working and eat every grub I uncover.

Back to the brassica!  I expected the plants would be doing well but then last weekend we had high winds sustained at 30-35 mph gusting up to 60 mph. The winds combined with temperatures in the 20s did a job on the immature plants, which I had started in February in the basement. I am not sure any of the plants will make it, but I will look forward to putting in a fall crop. So glad I left the lettuces, parsley, thyme, kale, mustards and onions in the basement. They have communicated to me they are ready to head for the great outdoors, but, as any good mother would be, I am resistant to release them yet. Sometimes mother know best. — Ann