Farmer MacGregor is the right man for the job…the job of thinning grapes. He’s been studying the best way to prune the vine and the bunches in order to produce big, beautiful grapes with an eye toward future production. I don’t know a thing about it and I’m glad he is taking control of the vineyard. Does one grapevine constitute a vineyard? Thinning is difficult for me. I know I’m not alone. Onions are easy because they can be thinned and used as you go along. The fruit trees are a different beast. The fruit trees were thick with fruit earlier this spring. All that fruit is a promise of jam, pie, cobblers, fruit leather, and just plain fruit. Many encouraged me to thin the fruit out to enable stronger fruit. I didn’t. Mother Nature and her wind loosened the weaklings and threw them to the ground. Thanks Ma.
With days full of garden chores and a nighttime addiction to ancestry.com, I have had little time to make entries in my blogging garden journal. There is no 12 step program for this addiction and I don’t care. Like gardening, history is especially interesting. My branches extend back well beyond the Mayflower. Farmer MacGregor’s branches are a challenge to me though. One of those branches is especially difficult because so many records were destroyed during the wars in Europe. Finding information, and some of that information is only a sliver, can help create a character in a complicated story. This type of history gives me a greater appreciation to those before me. Thank goodness they didn’t thin me from the tree.
- Planted Sugar Baby Watermelon 05/22/11.
- Thinned grapes 05/21/11.
- Harvested garlic 05/16/11.
- Planted red peppers 05/22/11.
- Thinned & repotted spider plants 05/25/11.
- Fertilized vegetables 05/24/11.
- Amended two middle beds 05/22/11. Added sand and Gardner & Bloom.
- Sulfate of Ammonia applied to front lawn 05/20/11.