I love talking weather with plant growers. There is a depth to their questions and thoughts that the average person does not have. Seventy degree weather is not normal here in Upstate NY, but surprises are. So I am still cautious about putting plants out, but I can get a lot of work done with out several layers.
I spent Saturday morning at Reisinger’s Apple Orchard for their annual pruning workshop sponsored by Steuben and Schuyler County Cooperative Extension. I learned a lot and missed even more. I hope to attend again next year to catch half of what I missed. If you are in the area check out their farm, they have a beautiful farm.
In the afternoon I attacked the red raspberry patch. I cleaned out the leaves and debris. I cut out any canes that were a year old, broken, or too small. Then I tied all the canes to the trellis. I like the “V-trellis” because it allows air to get between the canes.
As I walked around the micro farm I noticed signs of new life coming up all around. The chives and rhubarb were transplanted last fall, and are starting well in their new homes.
I also planted garlic cloves last fall. Now in the second year of growing garlic I had I was able to plant more cloves this year. I also will not have to transplant my garlic.
I have a patch of volunteer onions or garlic, I am not sure what they are.
This week I have several little projects to get done around the micro farm this week. I hope you are enjoying the weather, and are getting outside. What is growing outside your windows? I hope you take a few minutes to see the Spring flowers peeking up under the brown.
Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.