Variegated Pink Lemon
Dang it. 2012 is here whether we like it or not. Using the new year as a marker, the trees were sprayed with pyrethrum and copper sulfate. This was the 1st of 3 sprays scheduled for the winter. In about 3 weeks, they will be hit a 2nd time. The final application must be scheduled before any of the buds break. This helps to control pests and fungus. Good. That was the final task of 2011.
Red Flame Grapes
Farmer MacGregor is in charge of the grapevine. The 1st task of the new year was to prune the vine with the hopes of a superior crop in 2012. The old dove nests and unwanted vines were removed. The arbor is clean and ready for the summer shade.
Volunteers from the summer continue to thrive. Sunflowers and tomatoes are going strong. In fact, fresh picked tomatoes were enjoyed on Christmas Day. Sheesh! At 9:30 this morning, it was already warm out in the garden.
This weather will give me plenty of opportunity to do chores in the garden to prepare for the spring and summer crops. I will be planting more beets, broccoli, and cauliflower with hopes they will do better than what is out there now.
Biggest Dud of 2011 in the Garden: Grafting. Not one success there.
Biggest Success of 2011 in the Garden: Golden Current Tomato. They’re still producing.
Recommendations for 2012: Heinz Tomato. Nice plant with beautiful fruit that is easy to harvest and preserve. Good for fresh eating or canning.
Goal for 2012: Incorporate more flowers into the garden.