Apr. 24th, 2016

The garden is coming along nicely, for the most part. The sad news is that it looks like my efforts to save the sakura tree have failed. The poor thing only has about three leaves on it, and the rest is essentially dead. I'll have to find something to replace it next winter.

In happier news, it looks like my milkweed plant is finally going to produce flowers this year. I'm looking forward to collecting seeds from that. Also, the beans from my variety trial are all sprouting, which is exciting. I can hardly wait to see what results I will get this year, particularly from the Four Corners Gold x Rio Zape cross. All of the tomato and squash transplants seem to be surviving, so that's good.

I'm working on putting up a wire fence around my cherry tree, so that I can drape the insect netting over it like a tent. I only got about halfway done this weekend, though, so I'll have to do the rest this week. Last year I put bird netting directly on the tree, but that has two disadvantages. First, the netting gets tangled up in the tips of the branches, making it hard to remove to pick the cherries. Second, the neighbor's dog would run underneath the tree and get caught in the netting where it dangled, then rip the netting trying to get loose. I'm hoping that using a wire fence as a framework will eliminate those issues.

One of my apple trees is showing signs of producing a good crop this year. That's pretty nice. The other two trees are kind of struggling, probably because their location is kind of shady under the bottlebrush tree. They should perform better when they grow bigger. The mulberry tree in the front yard is covered with berries that should be ripe in a couple weeks. I should probably put netting over that one, too, because the birds ate most of them last year.

The bees are doing pretty well, from what I've seen. They have about half the brood box filled with comb now, and the queen is laying eggs.

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