May days and Apple Blossoms

| 5/19/2013 10:00:31 PM

May Days and Apple Blossoms

With the early planting done and the horseradish sealed in jelly jars, Dad was at ease. Along with all that is required for an early garden, he had managed to put some trout in the freezer, and there were still many that needed to be hooked.

Dad and Mom regularly checked the garden to see how things were "coming up".  By May onions, radish, lettuce, all became visible in their straight rows. Green growth appeared everywhere. An occasional  tender potato leaf pushed through the soft, fertile soil. My parents had successfully started another early spring garden. Dad, now free to do more fishing, weather at Laurel Lake for trout, the Susquehanna for catfish, or the Chain Bridge in Washington D.C. for herring, enjoyed the free time.

They also reflected on what staples needed to be put in the ground after the frost free date; That date usually came the week after Mother's Day.  A late crop of potatoes needed planting, along with string beans, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, beets and tomatoes-lots of tomatoes. In a few weeks a flurry of planting took place to round out the garden planting needs for the upcoming year.

Along with all this came the absolute beauty of south-central Pennsylvania. It was awaking from a long winter's nap. There is nothing, absolutely nothingthat can compare to what I experienced as a ten year old in the middle of tens of thousands of fruit trees. Apple, peach, cherry, all revealed the most beauty. The most spectacular being peach and apple.

Adams County is still one of the leading producers of fruit in our country. If you are familiar with this part of the country, you realize that the farm roads, back roads, or whatever you are comfortable with, wind, turn, twist and curve. Then there is the up, down and so on and so on. It is just breath taking to follow one of these roads. Sunday afternoons, usually the last week of April and the first week of May are the absolute best. Follow me on a trip from Route 15 to Route 94 via mountain Road. Dad is driving. I'm not old enough.

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