It is finally getting warm and wet enough for the farm to begin to take off on its flight into summer. I’m picking asparagus every day and this year bought a scale to measure the harvest. So far just a couple pounds, but plenty for the two of us. The strawberry blossoms have just begun opening and it’s looking like a good year.
I am trying to teach my pond fish to come when I call and toss them fish food, “Here, fishy fishy fishy!” I didn’t have any pellets on hand last year so I never got to see the bass coming to the surface. I’m not even sure we have any left. I hope to see them coming to be fed again this year. So far, I am just starting to see a couple blurps on the surface from a full size fish grabbing a floating food pellet. Once they get warm and more interested it will become a crazy churning feeding frenzy.
I also have been watching the frog population re-emerge. They seem to stake out territory about every 5 feet along the weedy shore, and a moment before my footsteps come close they leap into the water with a squeak and a splash. I saw one today that was the largest I’ve ever seen in our pond. He must have been growing since being a tadpole shortly after the pond was dug. There was a big pile of tadpoles wiggling around in the mud today, the first I’ve seen this spring. See if you can see them under the reflection on the surface.