Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Increasing Signs of Life

The pepper plants are blasted by the late frost, but there may be overwintering life left -- the stems aren't blackened. I'll wait a few more weeks and clip back some of the worst-hit areas. Hopefully the best peppers will get a jump-start on the season and then be joined by newly-planted ones. Turns out I do want many more peppers than I had last year.

It's time to get into the hives. Pollen coming in means there must be brood. I noticed too many ants and I'd like to split these hives early enough to avoid a May that is all about swarms. If it doesn't work? Well, I'm not completely committed to this hobby any longer.

Easy to see their reptile links. Eggs are beginning to trickle in, and I do mean trickle. We may have to Have Words soon.

The Anna apple is always first to break bud.

Allowing parseley to go to seed turns out to be the easiest way to guarantee loads of fresh parseley, although not succession planting necessarily.

Last year's gone to seed area -- actually, I think I took seed heads and hit the ground here. Sort of a mythical kind of sowing: "Strike the ground with the magic seed head. . ."


Erin said...

here too I have loads of parsley all over the place, I never try to curb its enthusiasm since we all (people and insects) love it so much!

Stefaneener said...

Nothing like lazy gardening. I'm not yet very good at lazy succession-sowing, though! The Cilantro Path is doing well again also.

Unknown said...

Our chickens decided to use our raised beds as a salad bar this weekend...I am not pleased. I took the covers off for a bit, my girlie was supposed to keep an eye on them while they foraged, and I came back to one bed with the lettuce eaten to the ground. Grr. I love lazy gardening, when volunteers decide to make our lives easier. Our fennel is everywhere, and our alpine strawberries are popping up all over. I will never complain about volunteer fraise des bois! I seriously need to clean up the garden and see if there are any other interesting things growing under the leaves. Hope your peppers make it through the cold!

Stefaneener said...

Julie, although I feel sorry for the girls in their bare, uninteresting yard (I throw weeds and scratch and treats in), there is no way I'm letting them out any time soon. They're like bulldozers with fluffy bottoms. Sorry about your lettuce!

Kristin said...

Really nice close-ups.

I roasted that whole sack of padrones you shared with me in organic extra virgin olive oil, and later, sprinkled them with Himalayan Sea Salt. No one wanted them and guess what? They were delicious! And they were grown in the winter, oddly. Sure, they had a little more kick (spice) but I'm from New Mexico, the chilly capital of the U.S.A. I liked 'em hot!

Gracias Amiga.

Glad you are blogging again.

Anonymous said...

you're back. please add that email thing please. i think it is the weather. I have been mesmerized by the garden again.