It’s Still Winter

The potential freeze last night never materialized. I went ahead and covered the tomato plants since they’re at peak production right now but this may be the last time. The forecast being clear for the next 7-10 days in terms of frost or freeze potential and the tomatoes will probably have peaked by then.

Simon is off again with a buddy heading down the Suwannee River; this time in a canoe instead of kayak and this time planning to run from where he left off last time to the Gulf of Mexico, roughly 75 miles. As luck would have it they’ll be doing it in the coldest weather so far this winter. It will probably be close to freezing where he’ll be. I can visualize the trip being 3-5 days depending on how much sightseeing they do. I talked to him a few hours into the trip and he said there was a nice 5 mph current so they could make good time if they want.
I think I owe an apology to the armadillo’s. I’ve been blaming them for rooting up the periphery of the garden every couple of days. It still could be them but they are so selective and non destructive that I have my doubts. That plus for the past couple of days I’ve seen a flock of birds pop up from the garden when I walk over in the morning. I don’t get close enough to see what kind of birds they are and they won’t come back while I’m anywhere close. I kind of think they’re doves but can’t be sure. I tried waiting them out and was surprised to see a young woodpecker attack the bean trellis and a blue jay land on the fence but the larger flock I see fly off doesn’t reshow.

I have twenty celery seedlings nearly ready for transplant to the garden. I can probably hold off another couple of weeks but not much longer than that. The problem is that I don’t have the space available for them. So how is it that I’ve gotten into this conundrum. Celery seeds are very slow germinating and then grow slowly so you need to start them quite a while before actually transplanting them. I timed the seed planting to be consistent with a row of tomatoes crashing – when the tomatoes crashed/froze, the celery would be ready to take their place. The problem is that the tomatoes have not crashed as planned. That’s a good news, bad news thing depending on whether you are a tomato plant or a celery plant. It’s supposed to get cold the end of this week but it doesn’t look to me like it will generate frost. To complicate it just a bit more, I have 4 rows of tomatoes but only one of them is in the designated celery patch. It’s a row on the wet side of the garden, the lake side, that runs east and west. Celery tolerates wet ground better than most plants so I don’t want to plant it on the dry side, especially this season when we still have soggy soil.
Picked the season’s first broccoli.

Added a new green element to the salad mix. In addition to lettuce, spinach, beet greens, and chard add pea leaves. The snow pea and sugar snap pea plants are now topping the 7’ trellis and as well as the peas, you can eat the delicate stems and leaves, either raw or lightly stir fried. I never tell Nancy until she’s finished eating and saying how good it was. Then I drop the bomb. I’m probably a week away from (surreptituously) adding the chinese greens into the mix.

Simon was back home Friday night. They did a long day on Thursday to make the last campground before the Gulf of Mexico in the town of Suwannee. It was freezing cold and the campground turned out to be non existent but a kind senior citizen gave them shelter for the night. More on that next post.

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