Elizabeth Woodworth: Never have understood the appeal of rhubarb
Morel season peaks in Appalachia, but is just beginning in the North. Bass move to the shallows. Cabbage butterflies visit the developing cabbage sets. When blackberries set fruit, then the earliest field corn starts to tassel. If you hear spring crickets sing, go find leafhoppers in the garden. Mother's Day, May 12. Lunar perigee on the 13th is likely to strengthen the cold front due in May's second week. Be ready to protect tender plantings from frost. When the first elderberries bloom, bean leaf beetles and alfalfa weevils assault the fiend and garden. (Countryside) I remember when high school boys detasseled corn. They would stand on a designated corner, the farmer or his hired hand would drive around picking them up for a hot itchy day in corn fields. There are several seed companies around Lincoln with lots of seed plots. But I have never seen anyone detasseling there. Is it a thing of the past? Am sure that trying to get today's kids in a cornfield is like trying to get them to deflower tobacco or work in an orchard. I don't know anything about spring crickets. I have only heard of Spring Peepers. In the evenings Dad used to take us toward Herod to listen to them in the ditches and creeks along the road. It did mean spring.
May 9, 2019 7:14 PM