Day 145 – rabid grass?

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The grass is foaming!  Turns out we have spittlebugs, aka froghoppers (Order Hemiptera, Family Cercopidae), and they are mostly harmless.  The nymph of the spittlebug feeds on the grass (or sap if on a pine tree) inside that frothy mess.  If we were so inclined, we could remove the nymphs with a strong spray of water.  I’m not so inclined to wash my grass in this manner.

Day 143 – honeysuckle

143We have a lot of honeysuckle around the farm.  I know a lot of people flip about “invasive plant” and whatnot, but we’ve actually discovered a use for it that we hope to practice over the next years – coppicing.  Coppicing is making fence by weaving thinner/more supple bits of vine around thicker pieces of vine.

Here’s a picture of what a coppice fence can look like, and the website I found it – if you Google “coppice fence”, you’ll see that there are many ways to make this type of fence.

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I’m pretty sure this is going to take a lot of practice, patience, and materials.  But with as much honeysuckle as we have, getting materials won’t be a problem.

 

Day 142 – peony

142Besides lilacs, peonies are my favorite flower.  There are 2 rows of peonies on the farm, and one row always blooms before the other.  Most of them are just starting to open, but this and a couple of others were wide open.

Spring is great – the smell of fruit blossoms, then lilacs, then the honeysuckle and peonies.  What’s blooming where you live?

 

Day 141 – tomato plants

141Our little porch is filling up with food!  This is less than half of the tomato plants we have growing – they are on the porch to “harden off” before we put them in the garden.  This is a middle stage between growing shelves and garden, and gives the plants a chance to toughen up in the face of sun, wind and weather, without being full-force exposed to the elements.  We leave them on the porch for a week or so, then transplant them to their garden home.