Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Happy May Day

Horseradish, complete with slug

BUSY. Such is the life of a mid-spring gardener. Considering this is everyone else's story, too, I won't bore you with the details.

I will say, on the avian front, that a pair of green herons have decided to nest in the woods across the road not far from the evil red-tailed hawk pair. And the indigo buntings are back, residing in some boxes built by the bird-loving neighbor behind us. And I haven't yet seen the oriole pair that nested in a front-yard pine last year, but I have my fingers crossed. With the cardinals, goldfinches and house finches, chromatically, there's much to be seen in the feathered set around here, including the chickens.

But I will ask this question: why are crows black? Does this color offer them an evolutionary advantage, or is it that they're such fashionable bullies that they figured this color worked best for them?


farmer, vet and feeder of all animals said...

I guess I need an update on my glasses---I can't see the slug :-)

farm mom said...

How did you plant your horseradish - from plant or root? I rec'd my horseradish this past weekend and they looked like 5 grey pencils. They looked cut on top and bottom and there were no directions! I didn't even know whether they went in horizontally or vertically. I kind of just poked them in the ground and hoped for the best. Any advice?

El said...

Poke 'em vertically in the ground and stand back, Farm Mom. I guess they can be rather invasive. No trouble with them here but then I am keeping a vigilant eye on them: they're in the perennial veg bed with "more important" items like the asparagus and artichokes, so they better behave.

Carol said...

Happy May Day from one busy gardener to another. I don't know why crows are black!

meresy_g said...

My horseradish was 'accidentally' tilled up as well. I will have to buy a new plant as all the roots at the garden center looked dry and dead. Then I am going to install a low brick wall around it and the asparagus and strawberries. Ha! I don't know why crows are black. The black feathers do camoflage them in a tree when viewed against a bright sky. I bet they get hot.