This week several people asked me about the rocks in the berry patch. Generally the questions were “why the rocks, do they have a purpose?”
Last year trying to mow the grass between the berry rows was difficult. Having lots of rocks around I thought they would make a nice path between the berry rows. So the rocks make life easier and add a nice visual touch.
On Friday our local newspaper The Corning Leader published an article stating this was the coldest Spring in 20 years. The article sited Cornell University’s Northeast Regional Climate Center and they stated we have had colder temperatures in the last 20 years and more precipitation this month than the past 84 months.
Most of my conversation with neighbors this week have been about “when is Spring coming” and “I wish we would get some sun.” It has been hard to get things going in the garden. I have been eager to get my peas, lettuce, carrots, and onions in the ground. It has been difficult to hold off but the ground is very wet and cold. Looking ahead at the weather forecasts I know the rain is going to be around for another week.
I used the cool and wet weather this week to build my first, of two, pea trellises. I had an old pallet in the shed. I used some of the twigs I have been raking up, and weaved them in between the slats of the pallet. I then used some 2 x 4’s to stake it into the ground. I also plan to add some bracing to help keep it vertical it the wind gets strong.
The current plan is to get seeds in the ground around May 1st, which is next week. May sure has snuck up on me. I will use the next few days to clean up the piles of grass and twigs from raking the lawn. I have been trying to take advantage of the time I can not be in the garden, but I do hope to be in the garden soon
Stay warm and dry.