Spring is still dawdling although there are encouraging signs. A hint of green is showing itself in the lawn and pastures, and buds are forming on fruit trees.
Last night we enjoyed the delightful sound of tree frogs around the pond. Get close to that pond at your own peril, though! The geese have made their nests and do not welcome intruders!
Inside the conservatory Spring is well advanced. Small vegetables are already forming. We have selected parthenocarpic (self-pollinating) varieties so that we do not need a pollinator.
Some vegetables, such as beans, do not need a pollinator either. Here are some pole beans in a hanging basket, ready to be harvested.
The Jabuticaba berries have grown so quickly you can see the change overnight. These were not pollinated either, showing me that they will do well in the greenhouse environment, and I won’t have to pollinate these by hand with a small paint brush.
My gardenia bush normally blooms right around Easter. Since Easter is late this year, these beauties are already in full bloom before the holiday, filling the conservatory with its sweet fragrance.
And, our experiment with growing potatoes indoors in stacking boxes is going rather well. Here, we are already on the third layer, and the plants are still reaching up. Since they have not set blossoms yet, I hope they are still putting out additional tuber shoots.
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