End of May 2013 Garden Update

I feel like I’m behind with my gardening this year. The large amount of rain we had recently has set us back a bit – we haven’t been able to order dirt, which means we have two beds sitting empty right now and plants still in the seed cage. Still, we are making progress and lots of stuff in the yard is just doing what it is supposed to do – grow! The most important thing we got done this weekend was get all of our seeds into the ground. Carrots, beets, beans, peas, chard and kale were all planted in our original raised bed along with the onions we started. The other large raised bed is going to hold all our zucchini, cucumber and melons, plus a few more squares of beans and peas.

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Lettuce and some herbs were put out into the lettuce and herb beds. We’re trying a new type of lettuce this year, plus spinach. I started some sorrel and transplanted a few licorice mints.

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Tonight we started the potatoes into the bed we moved the other weekend. It will need more dirt but we plan to add that as the potatoes grow. I’ve never grown potatoes (although I have lots of experience killing potato bugs and harvesting potatoes from visits with my grandparents) so I’m just hoping I did it correctly and they sprout. We also planted the corn tonight. We started a few more plants this year so one whole portion of our garage bed is full of corn now. image We didn’t plant any garlic this year (we missed our planting window last fall) but some has sprouted up anyways. I’m not sure if the bulbs will be any good but I will leave it to grow and find out in the fall.

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Elsewhere in the yard we have rhubarb that we are already harvesting and our apple tree is in bloom.

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The bees seem to be keeping busy. We split our hives on the long weekend and reduced them down to just two boxes each. We should be able to put some honey supers on soon which would be great because there are so many flowers out right now and we might be able to start our honey collection earlier this year. This time last year we hadn’t even got our hives yet so we are well ahead.

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Looking ahead we really need to get our dirt delivered so the squash, cucumbers and zucchini can get planted. Also, I need to replace a few herbs that didn’t make it through the winter. And of course there is always weeding and an irrigation system to set up!

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