Another weekend in paradise; I think we’ve now had one day with rain in about the last two months. We picked our Italian plums this weekend and got an absolute pile; the pallet forks on Bob sure helped elevate our picking. I rust proofed my dirt screener so now it is fire engine red, visible from a mile away. By the way, if you need soil (sandy loam/soil, great for root veggies), I have it for sale. I also finished off the fence posts and gates so the fence is pretty much done. Throw in a few walks with the crew and it was a busy yet productive weekend. Now we just need the endless summer to continue!
A little late but we got the garden planted today. The weather hasn’t been hot but it sure has been good growing for established plants; our grass and fruit trees are going wild. I think this could be a banner year for fruit. Our summer garden has quite a variety this year including zucchini, crookneck, spaghetti and kuri squash; rutabega; leeks and red and white onions; carrots including bolero and flyaway; beets, tomatoes, lettuce and rhubarb. In the orchard this year, we have four varieties of apples, two pears, three plums and a cherry. When it cools, we’ll plant some peas, broccoli and cauliflower. Our herb garden will have oregano, cilantro, garlic, parsley, chives and basil to name a few. It’s shaping up to be a great year in the garden and now that hydro has picked up the ol’ fridge and we’ve made a pet food storage unit of the ol’ freezer, we have a lot more room for preserves, canning and freezing. I just have to finish the article on root cellars now! Stay tuned to see what happens!
Well, we did meet Mike Gillis, GM of the Canucks, on the Cancer Ride and he informed us that he would be re-signing Mason Raymond but actually this post is about our newest addition to the hobby-farm-in-the-works…our Mason Bees. We have their house, er..hive, set up behind the side building, just adjacent to our orchard. Mason bees are good little workers and as they don’t have honey to defend, they are very docile. Mason bees received their moniker due to the fact that they use mud to make compartments within closed spaces. They are not really social bees as they mostly live separately within a large group – if that makes sense. I guess it is sort of like many people in big cities – isolated within a mass of humanity! Masons don’t produce honey or wax but hopefully they’ll make our orchard rock!!
We added a few fruit trees this winter and they are doing well. We now have about 12-14 fruit trees in our orchard, composed of a couple Italian plums, a new peach plum, some pears, multiple apples and cherry. The flower set looks good so I think the mild weather and above average rainfall should help to produce a bumper crop!