Here we are in mid-May, and I’m just now posting my first update! I know, it’s bad, but, we got of to a not-so-great start….we were pretty enthusiastic about planting early, and things were coming up okay, but then I think April’s cold snaps and dryness delayed growth (and almost kill some potatoes). But our main problem was that something was eating everything! I’m thinking some type of bug rather than bunnies. The tiniest little sprouts were gnawed off. This means we only have a handful of stunted radishes now. Also, many of the beets never germinated, or if they did, they died back before we could see. And some of those got chewed off, too.
Things seem to be doing very well now!! With the heat and the rains, things are looking beautiful. The few beets we have left seem to be thriving…
And–almost to my surprise–my carrots are coming up! Shown here with some dill, and tiny lambsquarters…
Yep, this is clover. Not part of the garden, but I like to take time to smell the roses….and clover….
Fava beans flowers! Only a handful of these came up. I resowed, and none came up. Kind of disappointing, but at least I’ll be able to try them. (I’ve never had them before.)
Yarrow and some other pretty “weeds”…
The onions seem to be doing very well! We planted a whole mess of them together. I don’t know if this was a good idea now, but after mulching, they seem to be doing even better. (By the way, we still have a lot of mulching to do…)
Peas! Again, maybe we’ll get just enough for a taste.
The potatoes are all thriving. We should have lots….
And the spinach has been pretty good to us. Not to mention, the lambsquarters! Yes, they’re a “weed,” but also super yummy and nutritious. They do contain some oxalic acid, though, so if you’re eating it raw, small quantities are recommended. We almost always cook it, just so we don’t have to worry about that.
And, we planted about 12 tomato plants….a considerably smaller number than in previous years. I’m very excited about my Lucid Gem tomatoes (pictured below). We finally put them in the garden a few days ago, and they are looking great.
This guy below is borage. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be doing with it yet…but I hear it’s good for a tea. And in salads. It tastes like cucumber and bees love it, so that’s all I needed to know.What’s coming up in your garden?!