Just as peas are the vegetable of spring and tomatoes are the vegetable of summer, so Brussels sprouts are the vegetable of fall. They need a long season to grow, starting life in early spring, growing through the summer, and then flourishing in cool weather, ideally with a few frosts. This seasonality brings out the best in them, flavor-wise.
Ecologically, the “ideal” lawn is not much better than an asphalt parking lot.
The study of the relationship between the climate and the cycles of plants and animals is known as “phenology.” It’s also yet another barometer of global warming trends.
In the list of apples that I grow, notice that there was no mention of Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Empire, or other varieties commonly seen on supermarket shelves and at farmers’ markets. These varieties have the combination of productivity, ability to ship and store well, and eye-appeal demanded by commercial markets. But a backyard apple variety can be chosen with only one consideration in mind — flavor! With over 5000 varieties of apples to choose from why not grow the best?
The last glacier, which receded about 12,000 years ago from the Hudson Valley, wiped out all our native earthworms.
Little damage was suffered by my blueberries, probably thanks to some experimental traps developed by Peter Jentsch of Cornell University.
The many cloudy and rainy days for the past weeks don’t bode well for a great autumn show of leaf color.
Daffodils typically bloom here in early April – although back in 2016, they bloomed on March 25; this year, April 21.
Just mosey over to the local health-food store and purchase some whole grain such as wheat (sold as “wheat berries”) or rye. Soak a batch of these seeds in water for a few hours and then sow them in potting soil.
Everyone knows that a rose represents an expression of romantic love. But watch out! According to my little book, you had better heed what kind of rose you pull out from behind your back to present to the one you love.