Gardening on the Mendocino County Coast
April 2009: Blooming Pear Trees; Vegetables Started
We are in a drought, but it could have been worse. After an exceptionally warm, dry January we got normal rains in February, then a chilly March with a little bit of rain.
Highland Pear in bloom
The lack of chill hours (cold, but above freezing temperatures) this winter has the fruit trees a bit confused, especially the apples. My low-chill apples bloomed early, because of the warm February. My prized Fuji is blooming sporadically. The Braeburn bloomed all at once, as did the crabapple, but my Kidd's Orange Red has not bloomed yet. The pears bloomed all at once, with the only unusual thing being that the European pears (Rescue, Highland, Bosc) bloomed before the Asian Pears, reversing the normal order.
I put in some new trees, they seem to be budding out okay:
Braeburn Apple on left, Rescue Pear on Right
On the vegetable front, my Broad Windsor Fava Beans are doing great. My snow peas were mostly destroyed by unknown pests. Lettuce, Slobolt and saved seed, is off to a good start. The Violetta Pac Choi, Derby Day Cabbage, and Winterbor Kale have just sprouted. The Candy onion seed is in the ground, but no sprouts are visible yet.
Fava Beans well started
Ants already were attacking the pear blooms, so I did my annual painting of some of the bark with vegetable oil [See Of Aphids, Ants, and Apples].
We have already eaten asparagus from the garden twice. I grew all my asparagus from seed, in two sets. The newer set are just beginning to be big enough to think about harvesting.
Asparagus with strawberry plants and garlic
Vegetables are still very expensive at our local stores, so I am looking forward to seeing more from my garden on my plate as the annual solar cycle progresses.
Hugo inspecting crabapple tree
Kanko Bai Apricot is off to a beautiful start
This blueberry plant is blooming great this year.
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