As is normally the case in May the weather has been temperamental. 80 degrees with high humidity has been followed by early spring temperatures of 60 degrees with near freezing at night. I still am working on my "garden muscles" and have found myself spent when working in the peak heat of the hotter days this month. A blatant reminder to work early in the day and evening and to rest in the mid afternoon heat. I have been trying to get a jump on the final planting this weekend, fingers crossed, by putting in some hours while the temps. have remained low. I am curious to see what sort of impact all the rabbit manure will have this year.
The lilacs were in full bloom early in the month and our trees were heavy with both scent and flowers. The garlic and shallots were making headway and the leeks took to the cold soil with little problem.
|One of the new apple trees here at Whitaker Gardens|
We planted 50 strawberry plants, a mixture of ever-bearing and June-bearing varieties. We also planted three apple trees, which I am really excited about! Two of them were a gift from our neighbors to celebrate the birth of our fourth child and the third was a columnar tree I had bought before I realized they were providing such a lovely gift.
We decided to try our hand at grapes again this year. The asparagus bed , which is in its second season, responded with a full show. Some rascal, probably the chipmunk who lives in our stonewall, has been stealing my lettuce seed I believe. We have yet to get a successful planting.
Our doe rabbit had six babies six weeks ago. We decided , upon the suggestion of a friend, to try to sell them to a local farmers market. We ended up making five bucks a rabbit which in turn we used to buy some seed and starter plants. It was a nice way to end the venture, makes me feel like we were able to break even.
My wife has created a beautiful and lush flowerbed in our front yard. Everything from roses to black-eye Susan dot the landscape. It is a fantastic addition to her well established flower garden in our backyard.
|I can't tell if I am the oldest young man or youngest old man I know. . .|
Tobias Whitaker blogs for Mother Earth News and Grit Magazine. Click on the Mother Earth News logo at the bottom of the page for all of his post. You can also find him on Facebook at Seed To Harvest: Bossy Hen Homestead https://www.facebook.com/seedtoharvestbossyhenhomestead/ which is a central location for his homesteading blogs and his homeschooling blog, A Mile In Her Shoes: Tales Of A Stay-At Home Dad found here https://amileinhershoestalesofastayathomedad.wordpress.com/