A bit tardy with the monthly review, but time has been spent dragging hoses and finally putting down some mulch. May began with the beauty of the tulips, gorgeous weather and lots of planting. Then on the 9th was the Freak Freeze, followed by a windy, rainy spell with cooler than normal temps. By the time we hit the 20’s (the dates, not the temps!) we suddenly had record heat and that has continued till month’s end. It certainly kept things interesting, with all the covering and uncovering but everything in the potager survived except the earliest planting of peas.
32 varieties were added to the potager during the month of May, either as transplants grown from seed, or directly seeded, bringing the total to 60. This year, there won’t be as many varieties as in past years because I’m editing. I’m passed the stage of needing to grow as many things as possible just to be doing. Now the list is limited to the foods we actually will eat, that have proven reliable in the past, and that it makes sense to grow (except for the fava beans, which are actually doing better this year!) There are very few “new” crops in 2020.
All the gardens were given another weeding, edge trim, and lots of new plants. All the flats were moved out of the basement, and even the greenhouse is nearly empty. There is still planting of annuals to do once the daffodil foliage is gone, but for the most part the major planting is done. There was actually NO indoor seeding or transplanting done the entire month of May, except for reseeding a couple of melon and cuke plants that expired for reasons unknown.
The harvest began to accelerate in May, with asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries added to the prior month’s gleanings of kale, spinach, radishes, lettuce, bok choy and various herbs. Total poundage was 25.25, compared to an even 20 last year and 24.25 in 2018. And so far, the improvised strawberry protection seems to be working (knock wood!) to deter the raccoons from stealing the harvest.
May overall was a good month, with the usual mixture of cold and hot, the good and bad that comes with gardening in Indiana. It did seem odd to not have the famous Indy 500 race, or graduation parties. But daily, I give thanks that I am blessed with having gardens and nature surrounding me during what could otherwise be bleak days.
Be safe and cautious. Take time to enjoy the beauty around you, and most of all be good to yourself and EVERYONE else. Continually, the lyrics of that oldie “What the World Needs Now, is Love, Sweet Love” flow through my head…true then, true now decades later.