Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Right. I have got to get back to this.

I've neglected you, poor blog! The spring has sprung and I have let you fall by the wayside.

The nice thing about a blog is that even if you lose readers from neglect, you can always pick the blog back up and dust it off.

This spring has been an intense one here at Tanglewood. I've put in so many berry bushes I can't even count them all and I've brought the berry patch up to a total of over 1/4 acre of blackberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries and even some less common rubus like wineberry, loganberry and tayberry.

I've also been hard at work prepping strawberry beds for the impending arrival of new bareroot stock this week. I've even been in contact with another strawberry enthusiast who has hooked me up with Madam Moutot and Scarlet cultivars, both of which are incredibly old and hard to acquire.

I've decided my focus for this year is to take the heirloom gardening a little further. I plan to use a number of Victorian (and Victorian inspired) methods to grow pre-1900 era plants. In fact I'm only growing two non-heirloom plants this year, but they're modern French imports: the Mara des Bois strawberry and the Petit Pois pea, both of which are supposed to be modern kickbacks to a time when the goal of growing food was taste (and novelty) and not marketability or quantity.

Yesterday my husband and I spent a bit of time in the morning's flurries (yes, flurries... Thanks, Michigan!) gathering pea sticks to support my shelling peas. I'll be posting photos (and info, in case you are unfamiliar with pea sticks) of them soon, I promise.

I also started plotting lines in the garden using my new string winder, based on Victorian designs.

Have you been up to anything unique in the garden?

Have you all abandoned me as I have abandoned you? Lol!


  1. Like you, I get busy! If you want something to happen, you've got to work at it! And, obviously, you're working! Are you still doing confections?

  2. howdy! busy in the garden here in northern indiana too! the rain that came today is giving me a chance to catch up on blog reading - we had some of those flurries here as well a while back! WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS WEATHER???? almost all of the seed starts from inside my house that i have been attempting to harden off are not faring well... i think they are just very confused - hot cold hot cold hot hot hot dry hot cold rain ;)

    despite the frosts the strawberries are still blooming in my patch - they are still semi under straw & have been blanketed a few times - where did your friend find their older root stock?

    your berry bushes sound fabulous! look forward to seeing your pictures! i think your blog is really loverly & the farm sounds like a dream!

  3. We're all still here and keeping an eye on your blog. (Blog stalking, anyone?) I'll be interested to hear how your heirlooms go.