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?

5 responses to “Happy May Day

  1. farmer, vet and feeder of all animals

    I guess I need an update on my glasses—I can’t see the slug 🙂

  2. El,
    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?

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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