May Gardening 2020

I planted my first row of sweet potatoes last month I plan to plant another row in a week or so once my new clear plastic arrives. My old plastic was unfortunately not UV treated, so it disintegrated into thousands of pieces. I am making extra sure my new one is UV treated. It is 4 year plastic and only $10 more than my previous supply for the amount I used.

A peach on my tree with a bit of leaf curl

I purchased a few tomato seedlings as backup for the several small ones I planted from seed. I spent less than $2 and all are doing well so far.

I also purchased a wintergreen plant and some lavender. Lavender attracts bees and can be used for scent in soaps or flavoring lattes while wintergreen can make a good tea, in root beer, and interesting berries.

Wintergreen and lavender

I transplanted my sunchokes to gallon bucket pots for now until we can get a raised bed built for them.

I have harvested several carrots so far. My self-seeded beets have been pretty fibrous, so I might feed most to the chickens. They may have cross pollinated with my chard, causing them to be more fibrous.

My potatoes have grown a lot. Slugs and ear wigs have chewed holes in the leaves, but I think they will still survive. I am now irrigation them now that my four sprinkler irrigation system is up and running.

I have been feeding a couple beet and chard plants to the chickens daily and transplanted my 2 year old kale plants elsewhere to make more room in my irrigated garden.

I have a couple peaches and cherries on my trees this year! And lots more apples. I planted a passion fruit vine and repaired the drip irrigation emitters that had broken. My grape and kiwi plants that got hit by a late frost have started recovering but are still fairly small. My honey berries that did not look so good last year have taken off and look great. We have harvested several honey berries though not more than a couple every few days. My nine blueberry bushes should help without our berry cravings though.

Wild strawberries

Wild strawberries have been growing like mad. We harvest a few handfuls every day. My garden strawberries have started putting on ripe berries too.

Seedlings before the mice found them

A couple mice found their way into my seedling growing area. They ate most of my squash, ground cherry, lettuce, and watermelon seedlings. I caught it the same day but the damage was done. I moved some more seedlings outside where something ate part of my largest cucumber seeding.

While transplanting my squash, tomatoes, and watermelon, the heat of the sun wilted their leaves in minutes. I soaked them very well after planting and they have all recovered.

Several purple asparagus have come up but not old or big enough to harvest.

Garlic is taking over the corner of my garden. Artichokes have survived their first winter and are getting bigger. Not sure if I will get a harvest this year or not. The rhubarb is hanging in there but not thriving yet with this sudden heat this week.

No sign of hopniss, mulberries, or much from my pomegranates yet. But I am hopeful they will come to life soon from being dormant.

My thyme and parsley are putting on new growth while the cilantro, I believe has self seeded from last year. I planted some stevia too and plan to get a rosemary started.