2013 – May Garden Log.

My favorite view of the garden from our back patio. I love the combination of colors.

My favorite view of the garden from our back patio. I love the combination of colors.

I think I am trying to max out my media space with this post! There are a lot of photos, so prepare to see my weeds and also my questionable photo taking skills!!

5/7 With our weather having been about 20 degrees higher than normal for the last three weeks with no end in sight, I finally planted my tomatoes, peppers, squashes, pumpkins and cucumbers outside today. I had moved them outside about two weeks ago, hardening them off by bringing them in at night for the first week. But since then they have been living in their seed starts and were more than ready to move. Generally I would have repotted until later this month, even until early June. But I did not see the point this year. If the rains come back and the plants cannot handle it I will cloche and everyone will be fine. Such a strange spring.

I also direct planted Hidatsa Red Indian pole (dry) beans (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), Bolita pole (dry) beans (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), Fordhook zucchini (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds), and Empress bush beans (Seed Savers Exchange).

5/28 The garden is growing well. The weather cooled back down a bit, but it was still too late for the broccoli. The cauliflower also suffered in the long run, producing small crowns that wanted to flower quickly. I got many of them in and riced to freeze before losing them. Everything planted this month is coming in nicely, with all direct sown beans and zucchinis showing their faces. I had wanted to direct sow carrots, but the rains returned with enough frequency to put that on hold until next month (I did not want to drag the plastic out again since the other plants are getting along just fine without it). All in all I have spent most of May picking cabbage worms, leaf miners and slugs out of the garden.

I do hope June proceeds with some regularity. It is getting harder and harder to tell the future when it comes to the weather!

In other news the garden is beautiful right now, take a walk with me through some of it!

cabbage

Cabbage! Most of the cabbages are having trouble with the weather, but this one is just so cute and perfect.

Fighting the earwig battle, but I think we are winning. Soapy water spray and lots of hands on management!

Fighting the earwig battle, but I think we are winning. Soapy water spray and lots of hands on management!

The blueberries are coming along, but the sporadic weather has not been terribly good for early fruit crops.

The blueberries are coming along, but the sporadic weather has not been terribly good for early fruit crops.

This is what's left of the kohlrabi. Another victim of strange weather.

This is what’s left of the kohlrabi. Another victim of strange weather.

Potatoes!

Potatoes and peas!

One of the garlic beds. Scapes are very far behind this year. I have been scoping other garlic beds around town and we are all in the same boat. I am hoping they arrive soon as I would like to make some fresh garlic scape pesto!

One of the garlic beds. Scapes are very far behind this year. I have been scoping other garlic beds around town and we are all in the same boat. I am hoping they arrive soon as I would like to make some fresh garlic scape pesto!

The heirloom spinach I planted this year is awesome and yes, as big as my hand. It has made some excellent wraps and sandwiches for this gluten free girl!

The heirloom spinach I planted this year is awesome and yes, as big as my hand. It has made some excellent wraps and sandwiches for this gluten free girl!

My volunteer avocado tree. It survived the winter and has even grown a new branch.

My volunteer avocado tree. It survived the winter and has even grown a new branch.

Some of our onions. Every year I try something new and every year I don't do so well. They are looking good and strong, so I am hopeful we will get a harvest!

Some of our onions. Every year I try something new and every year I don’t do so well. They are looking good and strong, so I am hopeful we will get a harvest!

This was my first year growing flowers from seed. This zinnia is the only one that made it, but it has a lot of buds on it!

This was my first year growing flowers from seed. This zinnia is the only one that made it, but it has a lot of buds on it!

I planted a lot of poppy seeds and lots of plants made it. See all those buds! I think you might be seeing blooms in the June Garden Update.

I planted a lot of poppy seeds and lots of plants made it. See all those buds! I think you might be seeing blooms in the June Garden Update.

One obligatory hop photo. This is one of our Mount Hood hops. It is prolific this year and probably a month ahead of schedule. This photo makes me Hop Monster!!!

One obligatory hop photo. This is one of our Mount Hood hops. It is prolific this year and probably a month ahead of schedule. This photo makes me Hop Monster!!!

Happy Gardening!

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One response to “2013 – May Garden Log.

  1. Gosh Becky – everything is looking so fantastic. You could feed the whole community :)

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