Saturday, March 31, 2007

I Love Spring.

The air is warm and breezy, the sun shines longer, and the plants start growing! I am so excited by what I have seen recently with my trees. All three are showing strong signs of growth, and the largest of them is growing so fast I swear I can almost see it happening. Now that I have faith the the big, traumatic pruning and separation was a success, I choose to offer the trees a bit of organic love. A healthy dose of organic blood meal and organic bone meal were their first feedings of any kind since last fall. I am looking forward to outdoor nighttime temperatures continuing to rise, as I feel an prolonged al fresco stint will do them well.

I have also been obsessively checking the germinating seeds. I was about to give up on them again, when a little sprout gave me hope once again. Of the twenty seeds I have planted, it is the only one to do anything so far, but I imagine at least a few more should offer some hope. The sprout is changing very slowly, and I not sure how long to leave it in the covered tray on a warm heating bad. I don't want to remove it to soon.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

New Life, a Long Time Coming

I am pleased to announce (after a long absense from blogging, sorry), that my beloved trees have all sprung back to life. The photos here are of the largest of the three. I waited patiently for a couple months, and our first sunny spring days and lots of water brought forth these pleasing results. The leaves are a beautiful deep green, and are growing so fast now I can see obvious results every week. When the fear of sub 50 degree weather withers away, I will be giving the trees their first extended outdoor experience. I hope an outdoor spring excursion helps continue this fitful growth spurt, and maybe even leads to a summertime crop.

Sadly, I must report that the little progated plants that I started after the big pruning experience did not survive. However, a friend was kind enough to bring some beans in parchment back from a recent trip to El Salvador. I started to germinate them over a month ago. I was close to giving up, but just this evening a little white stem seems to have pop out of one of the seeds. Maybe time to build that greenhouse sooner than I planned. Don't tell my wife.