Monday, May 05, 2014

Garden Season Begins

The rain stopped.  The clouds moved away and the sun came out.  This past weekend, the tree planting team shifted to garden mode.  Steve on the tractor disking and smoothing.  Natasha with the old wooden marker, laying out the rows.  Sue and Paul with hoes.  And an enhancement to the garden crew, grandsons Josh and Ben, doing what needed doing.
By early afternoon, with the temperature in the 60s and sun still bright in a clear blue sky (no one could remember such a day so far this spring) the early garden crops were in the ground.  A row of red potatoes, two long rows of yellow onions, ten rows of late potatoes, a row of peas, a partial row of lettuce, a few yards of collard greens, a partial row of radishes mixed with carrots.
And now we wait.  For warmer temperatures, maybe even a brief warm rain for the seeds to germinate.  For the potatoes and onions to show green above ground. The beginning of another garden season.   This will be our 46th year of gardening at Roshara, our Waushara County farm.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: The smell of freshly turned soil is the smell of spring.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT for those interested in enrolling in my one-day writing workshops at The Clearing in Door County.  The dates are June 21 and November 1—both Saturdays.  Each will be followed by a book signing.  Click on the following link for further information.
If that doesn’t work write or call The Clearing: 
12171 Garrett Bay Rd, Ellison Bay, WI 54210
(920) 854-4088.


May 6, Noon. UW-Madison Retirement Association, UW-Madison Arboretum Auditorium.

May 10, Noon. Madison Area Polio Survivors.  Monona Garden Family Restaurant

May 14, Young Writers Awards Meeting, UW-Madison.

May 17, Dregne’s Gift Shop, Westby.  Book signing.

June 21, Writing Workshop, The Clearing, Door County 9-4.

Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fund raiser for them):
The library now has available both of Jerry’s DVDs, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps and Jerry Apps a Farm Story.
Also available are several of Jerry’s book including The Quiet Season (on which the DVD A Farm Winter is based), as well as Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm, which are related to the DVD Jerry Apps a Farm Story.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.

Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division St.
Wild Rose, WI  54984

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