|Freshly sprouted blackberry leaf.|
I just finished the black raspberries. They were a mess. Last fall I tipped a lot of the canes so they wouldn't bend down and take root at the ends. I was not diligent enough and found many rooted ends today.
But they are done.
Two days ago the I finished the elderberries, and did the red raspberries and blackberries, coming away with no loss of blood, in spite of wearing flimsy gloves and a light shirt. Blackberry thorns are vicious, not to be approached without caution. So I am lucky to have only a few pokes and scratches.
|Chickweed between the stepping stones.|
|Nettles grow everywhere.|
Since the freezer is almost bereft of kale and other garden greens, I harvested a basketful of nettle tops to add to my lunch of kidney beans. Nettles (they do not sting after cooking) are highly nutritious as a cooked green or tea. About mid-summer, when the corn is knee-high and the nettles are 3 feet tall and aching to bloom, I will cut the nettles down and use them to mulch said corn and other vegetables.
|Silly apricot tree.|
Before you go planting nettles, though, take heed. They are a member of the mint family and so spread as rapaciously as most mints. Nettles are not timid and a single cutting can quickly overtake a small area.
Cleavers also are sprouting, and can be used as a spring green when young.
Oh, and look here. The apricot tree is blooming. Just in time for this weekend's freezing lows. That's the reason apricot harvests are so unreliable in Kansas. Their blossoms frequently get frozen.