I began this Monday, April 22.
I am sitting here listening to thunder and a light rain falling. So far we have received over 1/4 inch. That is delight to our farmer ears since they spread the fertilizer on the hay fields two days ago!
We have been in the 60's for a few days but by noon will be back to the 40's and another freeze for tonight
and tomorrow night. Mother Nature is doing her best to ruin my fruit crop. I checked yesterday and the peaches and plums were good. The peaches still have the husk around the fruits so I am still hoping that will help protect them. The little plums are bare but the tree is heavily leafed out and shrubby so that should help.
I worked out for several hours after milking yesterday morning. I think I have finished weeding the Light Pole and New bed. It doesn't look like much but at least the dead nettle and cheatgrass is gone. The poor storm damaged peach tree needs the chain saw's attention. I couldn't bear to cut it down completely so will struggle along with it until it dies a natural death.
Well the cold front lasted two days with night temps falling to freezing . I haven't checked the fruit trees yet but will do it today. This is supposed to be our last nighttime freezing temperatures for a while. I did see scattered frost out this morning. We are still running cooler than the norm for this time of year.
The cherry tree is in full bloom; so is the Seckel pear. One of the apple trees is showing a little color too.
The cherry tree pictures never come out to suit me but I took one anyway.
You can see the Seckel pear just to the right and in front of the cherry tree.
April 25, Thursday
This was a good, cool day with highs in the 50's. I milked and then stayed out to do more yard work.
I finished weeding the Humming Bird Bed right outside the kitchen. Trimmed around the trees in the front and west yards and began the horrible mass of cheat grass that is in the end of the Kitchen Window Bed.
That will be mostly a hand weeding since the base of a clematis is buried in there somewhere.
I got in 2.5 hours before I quit and mowed the east yard area. I was forced to use the new Cub Cadet since the other one is still in the shop......I still don't like using it!
April 26, Friday
Well today will not include yard work.....I awoke to a sound of rain falling and it is 49°, That was at 2:45 AM and it is now 8:10 AM and the rain is still coming down. It is another light rain but it all counts; so far almost 1/2 inch. This is so different from our hot and dry spring last year.
As of yesterday, the fruit looks good. All but the plums still have the tiny husks around the fruit which acts as protection against the cold.