Clark Hollow Ramblings: An interesting spring

This has been a pretty interesting spring, at least to me. Seems like the morels and asparagus were a little late, but I can report that they are both catching up, and they sure are tasty.

The Colorado potato beetle.
The Colorado potato beetle. USDA Agricultural Research Service

The garden is beginning to come into its own. It’s my first year for potatoes in the raised beds, and as my brother-in-law is fond of saying, they are really jumping. The brilliant green plants are over a foot tall. The bad news is that yesterday I found four potato bugs makin’ whoopee on the plants.

I’m here to tell you, it did not end well for the bugs. Colorado has given us a lot of good things, but I wish to heck they had kept the Colorado potato beetles. I hit the plants with a preemptive strike of potato bug beater, and I hope I don’t find any clusters of orange eggs on the underside of the leaves.

The new peas are as high as the potatoes and about ready to bloom. We have been enjoying lots of good radishes and lettuce. They really make my green salad sparkle. My bride makes her own version of salad dressing, and I feel like sometimes I could do away with the meat and potatoes part of the meal. But, truth be told, I will die a meat and potatoes man, and, besides, you have to have something to put the gravy on.

And I am beginning to wonder how much it would cost to cover the yard with outdoor carpet. Environmentally, we should probably just leave the yard alone and let it go back to nature. My suggestions along those lines have not met with much approval from my live-in partner.

Yards do require a lot of time, for what you get out of them. My friend, Kel Achenbach, calls them “green deserts,” and I think he is about right. Until next time, enjoy the spring weather and this wonderful season of renewal. As for me, I have to go mow the yard.

Richard Brady
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Richard Brady was born and raised within sight of Rappahannock Peak, as was his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, etc. He graduated from George Mason University and was employed for 35 years with various agencies of the federal government. He retired in 2001, and he and his wife, Linda, live in Flint Hill, Va.