May is my favorite garden month because everything is so fresh and wonderful looking. Plus lots of good things to eat and much to anticipate.
Here’s what’s happening in my garden:
Not all my pea seed germinated. What did — looks fabulous. First planting (of 3 plantings) is 3 1/2 feet tall and clinging nicely to the sticks I stuck in the bed. Has pods already, although still flat.
New Lettuce everywhere! Twelve varieties. I’m in heaven. Stuff from last fall is still sweet and delicious although starting to stalk.
Mizuna is gorgeous as well as delicious. I’ve planted 3 times so far.
Arugula – gorgeous as always. Pulled a lot up so it wouldn’t take over the garden.
Still eating Hakurei turnips with more on the way.
Eggplant seedlings in the grow bags and growing! Have two other varieties in jugs to germinate.
Chard — beautiful! Three varieties.
Cabbage is heading. Looks good. Two varieties.
Broccoli is starting to form broccoli. Two varieties.
Beets – two varieties. Look better than any beets I’ve ever had. Thinned them this year. Usually, I don’t because I just want the greens — this year I want both.
Usually don’t grow carrots, but tried some this year. Only two wanted to germinate.
Russian Kale. Still eating that planted last fall. Mild and delicious with no hint of bitterness. Still blooming and forming seed. Spring planted ones are also doing good.
I’ll soon be able to harvest new potatoes from those volunteers from last year. Three rows of potatoes planted this spring look great. Did it different this year in the interest of time and space. Did not cut seed potatoes and planted closer together. I think my soil is rich enough to accommodate that. My final planting of potatoes for this year will go in this week.
Onions fabulous. Starting to bulb. Out of this world delicious. Rationing to 3 a day until they get bigger.
Mache (corn salad) going to seed already.
Radishes planted continually since February. We’ve eaten a lot. But I’ve rationed to 4 a day since March — and I don’t like to ration! Lots more coming.
Spinach is still sweet. Will pick a big bowl of spinach, beet greens and chard tomorrow and have baked greens (and onions) with an easy and honest to goodness cornbread! (no flour — just cornmeal — and it’s so much better than with flour!)
Still harvesting asparagus. Spears are not quite as big as last year. (I think it’s the roots from the monster trees 30 feet or more away! We’ll see.) Still tastes great. Probably will stop harvesting June 1st.
Not all my tomato plants are in the garden yet. Those that are look good. In different stages of growth. The one from the seed I saved last year — looks better than any. They’ll all do ok in the long term.
Lipstick peppers in the garden. Other varieties will take their assigned spots this week. Still small of course.
Cukes are germinating. Planted via wintersown method to give me a bit more time. Where in the world will I put them?
Planted squash via wintersown method. Buys me time. I hope a space to plant will turn up.
Strawberries still doing good. A medium basket a day. Perfect for eating fresh.
Blueberries are growing. I’m glad I don’t have to pick right now, because there is so much else to do.
Raspberries are forming.
Blackberries are forming.
Plenty of figs forming.
All kinds of wintersown seedlings have been transplanted to the garden and borders. Borage, aztec spinach, malabar, magenta spreen, chinese celery, lovage, parsley, rosemary, lavender, sorrel, nettle and more.
Strange Sweet Potato Story: Saved a favorite sweet potato from last year. Put it in a grow bag in late winter. Wanted to see if it would give me slips. Nothing showing on top — so looked for it today. Dug around the entire grow bag looking for that potato. Nothing to be found. Soil is gorgeous. Guess I’m not going to plant sweet potatoes this year.
How’s your garden doing?
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