Thursday, June 16, 2011

Berry Patch Prep

Everything is waking up around here. I love Spring! The hummingbirds are back. Flowers are up. Wilma's flower and veggi gardens are planted. We're starting to eat fresh veggies.

I can't put off clipping off the dead growth in the blackberry patch, so last night I got busy. I can't seem to get used to Kansas humidity, even though I've been here most of my life. When you don't move around it's fine, but work a little and it gets sticky. Oh well.

Wheat is starting to turn, so harvest isn't far away. When your are a major wheat State, that a significant event, at least in eastern Kansas. Western Kansas has already lost most of the Winter-planted wheat. That's a bad thing.

This is my second year of growing herbs. I plan to sketch later about them. They're not growing very fast but smell great.

11 comments:

Barbara said...

Blackberries are prolific in Sonoma County. They take over everything and grow rich and lush. Now they are coming in over and under the back fence and are full of light pink blossoms. The berries will be along soon!

john.p said...

Barbara - Our son is in Seattle and is telling us the same thing. He's going to see what they taste and maybe make some jam.

nanke's stuff said...

Ah yes, the berries of the thorny bush. Good thing you have such nice, thick, gloves to wear while tending them! Very nicely done!! nancy

Sandra said...

Boy! we all seem ready to eat so of those berries.

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

OH yeah. Humidity, ick! Love this, John...hope you're still planning to join us tomorrow!

john.p said...

That's the plan with 99% probability.

Vicky Williamson (vickylw) said...

This year has been so crazy, my herbs are going to flower and seed before getting large enough to harvest the leaves. Hope your herbs do better.
But OH! what I wouldn't do to have a blackberry patch! Great post.

Sandy said...

Ummm those berries will be worth the effort!

Jerrie said...

Hey John........we're trying to revive the LTJ group on yahoo. Was wondering what you've been up to!
Glad to see that you're still art journaling!
Jerrie Hall

Deborah said...

My sister in Washington has blackberries as a thick fence on one side of fives acres. It's a job isn't it? Always a pleasure to stop by for a visit.

john.p said...

Our son is in Seattle, and he also sees blackberry bushes being used for ground cover on steep terrain. He doesn't think the locals know what they have.