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We're Digging It

  • April snow
    What a cruel trick the weather played on all the daffodils and hummingbirds that have now been spotted in Indiana.
  • Getting a head start
    Last Sunday was a beautiful day to work in the garden. I triple hoed my vegetable garden and buried a soak hose in preparation for the upcoming season.
  • Seedlings are off to a good start
    It has been a little over a week since I started some vegetable plants from seeds. 52 out of 56 tomatoes seeds have germinated so it looks like I will be giving away quite a few plants.
Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Pear blossoms that might yield fruit this summer.

Might have pears this summer

Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Pear tree being grown espalier style on the backside of my home.

My pear trees are blossoming for the first time since I planted them two years ago. I found two small trees that were sort of flat to begin with and have been training and pruning them grow espalier on the backside of my home.

Espalier is when trees and branches are pruned and trained to be on one plane. They're commonly found up against a wall or fence. It is a great way to maximize your growing space.

Because my pear trees are on a south-facing wall of my home, they are also protected from the harsh winter and haves a longer growing season.

Hopefully the blossoms will bear a couple of pears. I'll keep you posted.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)