It’s May, It’s May!

…the merry month of May!

We’ve taken quite a hiatus since September, and done a lot of work on the garden as well.  Doing the posts each week had become as much of a chore as a pleasure, so we rested.  Now we’ll be doing posts again, but probably more like once a month than once a week. So if you want to subscribe or follow the blog to catch when we update, you are welcome to do so.

To start with, we replaced the vast majority of our boxes.  The old 12′ 2×12 yellow pine boxes had started to rot last year quite quickly (5-6 years).  We investigated a number of treated lumber types (and other products) and found a treated 4″x4″ that we liked.   The new boxes are a full 3′ wide and come in 10′ long sections.  The shortest box is 10′ long, the longest one is 30′ long.  While we reduced the number of “boxes”, we actually increased our total square and cubic footage that we have in raised bed boxes.

And we cut down some more trees in the back and side yard, partly to protect the septic drainage field area, and partly to get more sun and make more room.  So naturally we came behind that and planted:

3 nanking cherry bushes

2 pears

2 plums

4 more apple trees

4 more blueberry bushes

This brings the fruit total to 7 apples, 2 pears, 2 plums, 3 fig trees, 3 cherry bushes, 6 blueberries, and our raspberry and blackberry boxes.

The seedlings she started this year overall did extremely well; and look healthier and better than ever before.  At this point most of the garden is planted out for the next succession planting.  We also got the new boxes in last fall in time to do the annual garlic and winter crops: greens, radishes, carrots, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

The asparagus this year was our best year so far, as we were more coordinated in harvesting it.  Most of it is ferns now already, but we had almost 3 weeks of multiple meals of asparagus this spring.

And now more pictures:

February:

February - lots of snow

February – lots of snow

March:

Iced Azalea in March

Iced Azalea in March

Ice encrusted blueberry bush in March

Ice encrusted blueberry bush in March

April:

Tomato box after planting out end of April

Tomato box after planting out end of April

Raspberry box at end of april

Raspberry box at end of april

Potatoes, end of April

Potatoes, end of April

Late April Garden

Late April Garden

Late April blackberry box

Late April blackberry box

Garden - Late April

Garden – Late April

 

May:

Tomatoes with some cauliflower in front

Tomatoes with some cauliflower in front

Summer squash, with tomatillos & broccoli in rear

Summer squash, with tomatillos & broccoli in rear

Sugar snaps up the trellis - garlic in rear box

Sugar snaps up the trellis – garlic in rear box

Overwintered carrots before harvest

Overwintered carrots before harvest

Oregano clump with lavender plants

Oregano clump with lavender plants

Onions

Onions

Mustard & Kale in front of tomatoes

Mustard & Kale in front of tomatoes

Garden View1

Garden View1

Garden View 2

Garden View 2

Garden view 3

Garden view 3

New apple trees

New apple trees

Lettuces in porch box

Lettuces in porch box

Front yard apple trees and flower plants

Front yard apple trees and flower plants

Kale box with shelling peas in rear

Kale box with shelling peas in rear

Happy garlic!

Happy garlic!

1st Potato Bloom!

1st Potato Bloom!

Porch box Cilantro

Porch box Cilantro

Celery Area

Celery Area

Cabbage box

Cabbage box

Asparagus

Asparagus

Asparagus box

Asparagus box

Arugula

Arugula

4 Eggplants shortly after planting out

4 Eggplants shortly after planting out

2 4'x4' boxes replaced: pepper plants in the foreground

2 4’x4′ boxes replaced: pepper plants in the foreground

 

 

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One Response to “It’s May, It’s May!”

  1. myfoodandflowers Says:

    Oh my! On the bright side, it is beautiful and at least you won’t get mosquitos for a while!

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