Greetings! I've been having a blast getting things planted and prepped these past few weeks, but I haven't been doing a good job with my pictures because muddy fingers and the smart phone don't mix.
So I'll try to find a couple nice images for y'all, but here is the gist of recent developments on the land:
* I learned right here on permies that Wasabi might consent to grow along the shaded creek banks! This was thrilling, I acquired 10 little plantlets from Oregon Coast Wasabi and split them into 3 groups to test out different conditions. Can't wait to see how they do over the coming months and years. My creek temperature has been a pretty steady 46 degrees which is a touch cold but still at the edge of their tolerated range (if you're interested in wasabi this is a helpful pdf -> http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/pnw0605/pnw0605.pdf
* Added many trees: figs, jujube, apricot, nectarine, mulberry, persimmon, and azara
* Added many shrubs: seaberry, jostaberry, elderberry, silverberry, siberian pea shrub, aronia
* Other perennial things: started an asparagus bed, a strawberry bed, and another raspberry bed
Just this past weekend I saw the first of the spring mushrooms, there were some huge Verpa bohemica (an early false morel) and many other small mushrooms. It has been wonderful watching the forest transform so fast with just a few days of rain. There are carpets of bleeding hearts over huge sections of the trails right now, and they're so beautiful I wish I didn't have to step on them.
This is my first spring on this land and I've loved getting to closely observe the older established trees, watching first the plums, then the pears, and now just the beginning of the apples coming into bloom. The mason bees and bumblebees were out in the drizzle and even a couple hummingbirds came around (not sure if they consume fruit tree nectar or were just flying by).
I've also been giving some thought to how I want to organize and share my various learnings and experiences. I think this journal is a nice place to put pictures and give a sense of what I'm up to, but there are so many
random things I'm learning or experiments I'm running that I don't get around to including because I'd rather be doing them than writing about them. So I've got a little side project to make organizing my photos and notes simpler and hopefully more easily shareable, more on that later in the summer I hope :)
p.s. Hi Johnua! Welcome to the weird acres journal! I am indeed already thoroughly addicted to plant ID, but I have not read that particular book so I'm looking forward to checking it out!