All of our dozen or so apple trees have been coming into bloom this week. They look and smell heavenly. We don't sell apples from our trees. They make some very good cider, and each year either we or friends at a nearby farm press them and ferment most of the tart, tasty juice. If you're curious about how to make your own hard cider, come talk with me at my farm market table. I'd be happy to share from our experience with that.
Growing arnica well around here is a challenge. So I'm glad to see the arnica patch I started last year is coming up strong and healthy this spring. Should be plenty of flowers this summer for salve and/or liniment--excellent for bruises and sore muscles.
Twice a year, at or near the solar equinoxes (March 21 and September 21, usually), it's time to tilt our photovoltaic panels from (or to) their wintertime low slant to (or from) their summertime steep slant. The optimum angles depend on your latitude, but the general principle is that you want your panels to approximate directly facing the sun, for maximum solar gain. In the summer, the sun's higher in the sky, in the winter closer to the horizon. Changing the angle of your p