May can be a rewarding time to see your efforts turn into something very green in the garden! We’ve been excitedly watching our seedlings grow by leaps and bounds. A light feeding of fish emulsion in water was overdue and really helped our tomato and pepper seedlings. We also directly sowed summer squash seeds into the garden this week.
The spinach, which could have been sown even earlier here in the South, is looking vibrant in its raised bed. I’m hoping to keep that bed going nonstop this spring and summer with either spinach or then leaf lettuce when conditions get hotter, saving a few spinach seeds to sow again in early fall. Spinach and leaf lettuces are one of the easier plants to grow yourself and are well worth the savings over the cost of organic lettuces at the store.
The strawberries are looking hopeful, with some plants full of ripening green fruit. I built up the sunken portion of the strawberry patch since last year and added pine straw to keep the plants and their fruit from touching the ground. I’ve also been adding crushed eggshells to the soil near the plants in the effort to fend off pillbugs this year. So far, so good. Unfortunately, no one built me a caging system to keep out chipmunks, so we’ll see how well I can protect the plants against all critters this year.
We have several “hills” of potatoes coming up and have mulched around them with pine straw. They need a long time to do their thing, so hopefully we can care for them through the summer and get even more potatoes harvested than last year.
This kale has returned from a previous season and just wants to grow and grow. I’ll be making a huge batch of kale chips soon and I probably need to freeze some puree for smoothies and soups. Want some?
One surprise for us was losing our hardy stand of rosemary, which apparently was killed during one of our few frigid winter days. I suppose I should have covered it. A local greenhouse owner said rosemary was a victim of the cold in our area, rather unusual for a plant that usually winters well in the South.
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