Friday, April 07, 2006
I tried to protect my banana trees against frost, but they still took a hit. Then one of the frondy leaves draped over the pig pen and they tugged on it, putting some serious kinks (Lola!) in the trunk.
I cut off the dead upper trunk in hopes that the base was still alive and this is the result. The new stalk rising out of the machete slice is about 12 inches tall in this picture. I took this picture 3 days after the slice. Pretty impressive mitosis. The very next day after the slice, there was a 4 inch shoot poking out.
The picture above is about 2 weeks old now. We (and the deer) have eaten lettuce, snow peas, and mesclun from this patch. The mesclun was something new for us and, well...blechhhh! What is that horrible pungent flavor in the mix? It grew great, but I'm feeding it to the chickens...even the deer won't touch it.
The lettuce above was wonderful. Don't take my word for it...ask the deer for a second opinion.
Yesterday, while watering my tomatoes and peppers I noticed opening blossoms on both. The tomatoes are about 2 feet high now and need staking. The squash have 3 or 4 true leaves and are getting motivated to bloom.
It hasn't rained in months. Really.
Today begins spring break for the larval humans and me too.
...just in time.
Posted by R.Powers at 5:27 AM