Il n'y a pas grand chose à voir au jardin en ce moment. A part arroser le soir et rester dans ma hutte sous les fortes chaleurs, je ne fais rien de notable concernant le jardinage. Je posterai des photos quand les légumes auront poussé.
Alpine strawberries are getting ripe
Lilacs underfoot like snowdrifts, the unfurling of the first irises. The climbing roses, having finally scaled the porch railing, threaten to be absolute bombshells in the next few weeks. Photographing the myriad of columbines as if I had never seen them before in my life.
Today was more of a harvest day. Most of the herbs I wanted to do are done/ in process except for the honeysuckle which the winds took care to obliterate. Took advantage of the open space and put in rhubarb. Started the process of rotating herbs stocks (dried) and looking at what is coming on pretty strong right now for harvest.
Lettuce is coming off. Chives are coming on strong. The thin little asparagus bolts right out of the ground. For two and three year crowns, they are pretty puny. 16-16-8 will be on the menu for them. Various marrows veg are looking great. The straw flowers are being decimated by the slugs.
One day out and the chicks seem to think that should be a thing for them. Looking into making them a baby play pen so they can actually get their feet in the earth. They keep wanting to jump out of the rabbit run. Have two panels of the deck to lift and move but will need some help (but where to put them!).
Was given some tulle today but its just enough to make a wee patch in open spaces. Definitely have to plan to hang the seed plants as I went out there mid day and the flurry of wings was WHOA! I won’t have a seed crop with that kind of flocking thinking that I am running a buffet.
My wasp friends must be loving the caterpillars as that there are very few now. There are wonderful bunches of bees and bumbles! So nice to hear them in the garden when there is a space of quiet.
Now for some numbers!
First 2020 heat wave, temps at 1pm (solar noon today)
In Sun: 91F (33C)
Shade: 88F (31C)
Inside the studio: 72F (22C)
The studio has no active heating or cooling so, yes, its passive solar design is working BEAUTIFULLY.
Morning of the year’s first heat wave, May 2020.
The chicks had a nice sunning today. I think they thoroughly enjoyed it though the old dog was put out that we plunked the run down the middle of his favourite pathway. He laid there at the foot of the run and just stared at them as they lounged about in the Springtime sun and brilliant blue sky.
Worked in the old coop area. It had been a drop spot for massive limbs and anything no one knew what to do about. I don’t think it had been tidied since I went down four years ago. Still so much to do. We cut down a lot of butterfly bush. As soon as we can be assured there are no more nesting in the trees, we are going to be doing some massive pruning. My eldest daughter said we could take down her kiwi but the bumble bees enjoy it so and the warbler any left over fruit. I think she is over the trauma of having to leave her things behind so that part of it was nice. She also agreed that we should cut her haw in half or at least a third off the top as it has gotten so big. Its back leaning on the house again. She had made herself a little brick patio for a park bench so she could read under its drooping limbs when we first arrived. Since we have been renovating the garden and making soil (composting in place), everything is growing like there is no tomorrow. It will be a pruning job that may need power saws and dragging things out into the street-side.
Pulled rocks from the nettle patch. Left that unfinished because if I went inside to get longer sleeves I was done. I can only do so many prickles until it is time to stop.
In the early morning I released about 40 baby praying mantis I was gifted. So happy to have them as they blended right in to the plants. I have been hearing the swallows flying and chirping about 4 in the morning. It makes me want to be out there too but I know there are tons of mosquito. Hopefully these little mantis will eat lots of the mosquito and white fly. Its nice knowing I have some good bugs in the garden helping out and bring things into balance.
Tried to source floating row cover. Most places don’t carry it but they have the heavier snow and frost blankets that I don’t want. The one that did was not wide enough to do anything. Thought about going to the fabric store for cheap tulle but after hearing the soviet style queues and the power hungry counters, I skipped it and fished out some old lace curtains that Iz Cat shredded when she was a wild kitten. They don’t cover it all but all I need is maybe another week maybe two and I will pull by the roots and hang hoping that it will finish up. This works for tomatoes so I am hoping the same will go for seed. In the meantime maybe those little opportunist will be afraid of the flapping curtains and leave off.
Lack of string? May I interest you in STICKYWEED??
Fr works great, no fucking around with knots or scissors, no accidentally hurting plant stem, it just sticks to it self and you can peel it off to repositon
[Image description: pic shows a little pea plant attached to a stick with stick weed wrapped around the stem.]
praying mantis baby/ hatchling [pix not mine just using as example how small they are]
Some one just gave me a whole netted bag of baby mantis that was gifted to them (but don’t want because they keep bees)! More babies than I know what to do with and are they hungry mites! I got to figure out how to get them out of the butterfly carrier before they start eating each other!
The year’s first heat way is set to roll in on Tuesday. First heat test for the studio. I’m excited to see how it performs with its temporary, uninsulated roof. So far, it’s done its job beautifully and remained a comfortable temperature inside, though a bit cool at night. I would expect it to warm up past a comfortable room temp in triple digit weather with an uninsulated roof. Can’t wait to find out!