It is early June here in the Finger Lakes and this little farm is keeping us busier than ever. It is weeding season. They have come on fast and strong. We have an abundance of invasive vines. Some thick and all encompassing of the tree tops. They look like grapevines and despite having been cut down in the early spring they have sprung back. We also have annoying sticky vine and something that resembles air potato. Our rose bushes and hydrangea tree have been the most favorite stopping spot for the later two. Every evening we head out after dinner and pull and cut vines for an hour or so.
The roses are blooming like crazy. I crossed my fingers and gave them all a hard prune. They have doubled in size. The colors seem so vibrant. We have over 20 bushes that I can count off hand. I’m grateful for my rose gloves but think I need a much heavier duty pair for the numerous globe thistle that is popping up everywhere waiting to be dug out.
Our direct-seeded vegetables are starting to germinate in the garden. We had a bumper crop of asparagus this year. This summer the field will be planted with soy beans rather than cut for hay. Seeing it all dug up has left me determined to figure out what we want to do with it for the future. We have worked so hard to use no-dig practices in the vegetable garden, so the day the tractor came to the field my heart broke a little. Ok, a lot. I was hoping for a field full of massive round bails of hay scattering the landscape.
Our peach tree has numerous fruits and we are hoping they make it. The peonies are exploding and the gorgeously curated flower gardens make me happy every day. I’m still chipping away (literally) at the front door and exterior entry. The layers of paint are numerous, but the idea of a high gloss door and newly painted shutters will keep me going. I have a list of projects I’d love to get to but we are trying to actually finish something. So we will stick with the door. See you next week.