April, Part 2

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Saturday we attended the Open House/Field Day at Our Father’s Farm, the first of a series of these type of events to be hosted by the farms in our Chemical Free Farms of Southern Virginia alliance.  Our event is this Saturday and we’re hoping for good weather and a nice turnout.

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The wet cold weather continues to slow down our gardens, but fortunately we were able to get a lot of our spring vegetables planted between rains and snows.   We have broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards, mizuna, sensopai, joi choi, radishes, carrots, spinach, lettuce, onions, turnip greens and mustard greens on the way.  It’s beginning to seem likely, on the other hand, that there will be no English peas or beets this year.  We still haven’t planted our potatoes and swiss chard, but we haven’t given up.  We had an orderly progression of cool weather veggies all planned out, but Mother Nature did not consent to having them pan out that way.  So be it.

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Whatever happens in the spring, there are blooms on the strawberries and summer planting begins soon.  We play the hand we’re dealt.  It’s all good.

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Blossoms

This morning I took a break from weeding strawberries to admire the blossoms on the apple trees.  They’re too pretty not to share (and these photos won’t do them justice).

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Likewise, the dogwoods.

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