The weather has been much milder this week. No hail storms! We have been experiencing Dogwood Winter, though. It got so cold, we had to turn the heat on one morning. A few things got a little burned by the frost, but most our our plants and trees are fine.
The Lily of the Valley is still blooming.
This a Hawthorne Tree in full bloom. The fruit of this tree is call a haw, and can be used to make jelly. We got haws for the first time last year, but I wasn’t able to make anything with them. I’m hoping to try it this year.
The Hawthorne Flower is very pretty.
We bought two new trees the other day. We stopped into the farm store looking for seeds and I was sadly disappointed to find only a small handful of organic seeds and the rest were hybrids. 🙁 They didn’t have the organic green pepper seeds I was looking for, so I had to find them online. We did spot some fruit trees for sale and decided to try a couple.
This is a little Peach Tree. Isn’t it cute? Hopefully, it will survive and give us lots of peaches in a couple of years.
This nice, big tall tree, haha, is a Pear Tree. Behind it, is a Blackberry patch.
These Blackberry vines all came up by themselves. yes, we have tons of wild Blackberry vines around. We used to get a lot of Blackberries, but decided they weren’t worth the inevitable chigger bites. These kept growing in the yard, and we kept cutting them. Last year, we decided to stop fighting them. lol Now we’ll be able to harvest Blackberries without going to the chigger prone areas. We recently put some old 4×4’s around them, and now we’re working on filling it in with mulch. Today, the guys added quite a bit of bark and other wood pieces left over from my in laws cutting their wood for the winter.
The Blackberries have buds on them!
I even found a few buds on the Raspberry bushes today. We can’t wait for some fresh berries! yum!
Here are a few links I found interesting and helpful:
Secrets to Growing tomatoes Successfully
Plant these Herbs & Veggies to Attract Beneficial Insects
7 Herbs That Grow in Shade
1 Hardy Medicinal Herbs for Your Homestead
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