Green is the most prevalent color on Leafhopper Farm! Considering we’re in the evergreen state, that’s no surprise. However, spring greens are extra bright, popping out of the scenery with enthusiasm. All the leaves are out now on the deciduous trees, and the firs have new spring green tips spreading out. In the garden, sprouts are up and singing in the sun while flowers unfurl from their bursting buds.
This year, for the first time, purple irises have bloomed. The bulbs were moved around a lot from original placement when i moved in, and I’ve been waiting almost 5 years for their flowers to come. It’s great to see a vibrant rose I’ve been nurturing out at the same time. The rose usually blooms later in the summer, but through my tending and devoted weeding, the flowers are recovering and beginning to thrive.
The Snowball Viburnum is finally in full swing and it’s looking good after a few years of continual hacking back. These shrub trees are vigorous and beautiful.
In the garden, Cascadian Hops are out in full force. I’ve strung up their trellises just in time to give the quick growing vines a place to go. New young lettuce is up, along with corn, beans, and squash. I’ve got potatoes going this year and am banking them with more soil every few days. I hope to get some this year. In past years, I’ve either forgotten where they are or had too many voles and insects eat them before harvest.
The raised beds are looking good. Garlic continues to grown, along with wildflowers, peach tree, and an iris which will most likely not bloom this year. It was just relocated to it’s place in the bed (accidentally) and might take another 5 years to recover. lol! That’s ok, time is on our side. The apple trees have finished blooming and are now taking on baby fruits. I hope to have a good apple harvest this fall. Last night I used the last of my frozen apples to make a pie for out Cascadia Cooperative Farmer’s meeting at Sno-Valley Tilth. Everyone was thrilled to get a taste of last falls harvest in prep for spring plating.
This summer I’ll be away from the farm quite a lot and expect much less productivity out of the gardens. I planned this by letting the kitchen garden rest, hosting native plants instead, which will still need watering, but compete better with weeds and are far less prone to predation from insects. The pastures will have goats, but most likely will need mowing before the end of summer. I’m prepping as much as possible in advance, but I have to surrender to mother nature and the fact that not being there means anything could happen. Hopefully my farm sitters can at least keep up with watering, if nothing else. I’ve instructed that weeding should only be done by those aware of what weeds are. That way, my young plants are not pulled up by mistake. This is common with newbies to the gardening world. It shows how few of us now know what cultivated crops look like when they sprout. Scary. Well, the gardens are revving up and I’m excited for all the new growth here at Leafhopper Farm.