end of May, garden update, part I

maygarden1 many months ago had some bare root fruit trees delivered, including a fig.  Everything else seems to be doing fine, but nothing ever came from the fig.  Suddenly, my decision to keep it and keep watering has paid off as there is now a fig tree sprouting from the base.

maygarden3Shade cloth up today.  Slightly different arrangement for more coverage.  This might be the latest I’ve waited to do this, but most of May has been below average temps and lots of clouds.  Suddenly, we’re hitting the 90’s!  The cloth brings the temps down about 10 degrees.  When these have to be replaced, will increase the “shady-ness” with at least 50%, rather than these 35%.

maygarden4from the other side. As you can see, I tucked it down the end of the garden to bring more shade, more protection. I did tuck the edge of the cloth over the arbor so I can walk into that section of the garden without bumping into the edge of the cloth which I did all last year!

maygarden9 harvested the elephant garlic.  You can see little bulbs all around the edges, like it is still growing, not ready to harvest, but you can see how yellow the leaves are. It was time.  Maybe that’s just the nature of this type of garlic.

maygarden2The rest of my garlic is nearly ready for harvest also, and the shallots are coming close.  Will plant some beans, some chard,  and something else in here when  this has all been harvested

maygarden8This is the other bed in the main garden.  Previously, it was covered with a long piece of screening to act as shade cloth and protect it all.  You can see healthy lettuce and snap peas as well as tomato seedlings.  Again, that long cool spring kept the lettuce going and gave us the best year with peas we’ve ever had.  Wish I’d planted more, but who knew that the unseasonably warm February was going to just linger through May!

maygarden5The calendula has never done this well!  These plants started from some I’d overwintered in the greenhouse, but the long wet cool spring is what made the difference

maygarden6Same with the bee balm

maygarden7and the sage. First time my sage has come up to flower.

tomorrow I’ll document the east garden.  Only problem there, so far, has been something eating down my bush beans. an entire row has disappeared!

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