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Saturday, April 8th, 2017 06:48 am
It's just below freezing out there. Poor little green solar panels that have pushed through the heavy red clay. What'cha going to do?

I pondered thinning the salad mix, but decided that the taller sprouts (ooh, here's one with a real leaf!) would shelter the shorter.

I wish i could believe that many ticks were dying and all the sprouted stilt grass was withering -- i'd give up my (pop)corn for that. I don't think, though, that any of the three will be harmed. Or the salad sprouts, to tell the truth. I've not planted anything early per the charts for piedmont North Carolina, and perhaps the collards will even like the crisp weather.

The peonies -- one from the previous resident, one from Christine's maternal grandmother -- had set buds, so i've covered them up. And a friend had given me pepper sprouts: i covered those with domes from grocery cookies etc.

I'm not sure what's happening to the apple trees. They were butchered at some point -- topped -- and i pruned the snarl of water sprouts dramatically in early January. The leafing out is highly irregular, tufts of leaves in some spots, tight scales in others. I don't see anything like flower buds. I wonder about investing time in the trees, but i figure i can make mistakes on these trees before making them on new trees.

Thinking back to the corn, it's time to get my scare"crow" up. Except it's to scare deer. I don't think dog hair works, but i'm going to mulch the collards with a bag i collected yesterday. It might scare mice?
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 05:06 pm (UTC)
I have considered animatronic scarecrows that do some primitive motion-sensing.
If it freezes slowly, insects don't seem to mind. They have ways of coping with that. It's rapid freezes that kill them.
Monday, April 10th, 2017 01:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, motion-activated sprinkler really seems the most direct and quickly accessible tech solution to this.

There is a dipping crow that doesn't require power, but it can't lift anything. It's driven by the weight of evaporation, so takes extremely delicate balancing.
Sunday, April 9th, 2017 12:17 pm (UTC)
Do you like peonies?

I have never planted any, but keep getting them along with houses.
Sunday, April 9th, 2017 01:30 pm (UTC)
That is so very kind of you! Thank you!