Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Lovely weather lured me outside yesterday to prune the blueberries - the first task on my garden "to do" list.
Blueberry bushes are supposed to look something like this. See the nice round little buds at the end of each twig?
But most of mine look like this: See? No little round buds on the ends of the twigs? The thing about blueberry bushes is this: Deer love to eat the tips. I guess I have to get serious about protecting them in the winter when the electric fence is down. We've talked, on and off, for years about caging them in net to keep out birds. I used to figure there were enough berries to share. But not any more. Deep sigh. I hate digging post holes.
Here's Tang, helping me with the pruning chores. It can't be comfortable sleeping on those blueberry branches.
So he moves to where he knows the catnip grew last summer and will grow again this year.
On the bright side... Look at these Winter Aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) I don't know why they're not more commonly grown. They usually start to bloom before the snow is gone. And if it doesn't warm up too fast, they go on for weeks. When the temperature is over 50 they're full of honey bees. Which reminds me... I have to go find an online source for beekeeping supplies. After years of neglect, we're resurrecting our beehives.