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Harvest Creations: Gardening To Do For May

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It’s nearly mid-month and I’m just getting this up, which means I’ve been waylaid into trying to complete April’s to-do list and using the good weather to head right into May instead of writing and posting. It’s a good problem to have. But, as this post also serves as a reminder for me, I’m still going to provide a monthly task list, round-up, and lessons learned.

We had so much rain that getting some of the items of April’s to-do list segued into the early part of May. We did dig up the front lawn. See here:

You can see that the grass is gone and people are picking up the sod. All of that used to be grass. Useless, non-edible grass.
You can see that the grass is gone and people are picking up the sod. All of that used to be grass. Useless, non-edible grass.

We were lucky and got all the sod to people who needed it for various things – low spots in yard, dog runs, etc. None of the sod went into a landfill! Huzzah. The very last of it went to build a ramp for our ducks into their pool. Yes, ducks. There will be a post on that later.

The learning continued this month:  Again, the universe is screaming at me that I need a greenhouse if I’m going to have enough starts for the amount of garden I have. I ended up buying many starts because I just couldn’t get them going quickly enough and strong enough to last and be in the ground by the timing they needed to be.

Also, I spent a good bit of time learning about what plants to put next to other plants. That’s also called companion planting. This resource here, as well as some well perused books from the library helped. Quick tips because I learned the hard way in previous years:  keep celery and lettuce apart. Keep peas and onions away from each other. Keep corn and tomatoes apart (preferably by 20 feet). Keep fennel away from everything. .

After everything is raked away and a few plants put in, but before we put in the gravel borders or path.
After everything is raked away and a few plants put in, but before we put in the gravel borders or path.

Leftovers:  These are things  that haven’t been completed and I’m not sure it will happen this month:

  • Cut down dead trees in orchard and set up spiral garden (this may take through June or be put on hold until next year. I don’t know…all I know is that this has to change) to move blueberries and strawberries, to reconstruct strawberry/blueberry area
  • Pull up border around rhody bush, compost and get new border that won’t inhibit growth

What should be done in May:

  •  Plant melon, sweet potatoes, southern peas, and other heat-loving veggies. I already have my peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, corn, beans, squash, eggplant, and more in.  I also need to get in more onions.
  •  Mulch peas and braccious crops to keep the soil cool; water them regularly.
  •  Weed, weed, weed, weed.
  •  Harvest early crops and successive plant.
  •  Make new, larger run for chickens
  •  Find a third duck
  •  Plant more rose bushes on front border of Grow Foods, Not Lawns bed
  • Make green-bean trellis for front bed.

Alright gang, you can see from the before and afters that it’s time for me to get off the computer and head to work. Take a look at the photos below to see our progress.

This was put in on one of the last days of April -- gravel border along street and driveways.
This was put in on one of the last days of April — gravel border along street and driveways.

 

The pathway from the front door to the street. Will also allow me to bring tools, wheelbarrow, etc. into the garden without disturbing crops.
The pathway from the front door to the street. Will also allow me to bring tools, wheelbarrow, etc. into the garden without disturbing crops.

 

 

Good portion of the crops are in. Just a few heat-loving crops to still add. We still have "June-uary" to get through here in Western Washington.
Good portion of the crops are in. Just a few heat-loving crops to still add. We still have “June-uary” to get through here in Western Washington.

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Darian Carson Darian Carson

    Looks great! I hope you are making the most of this amazing (and HOT!) weather we are having! 🙂 Happy Gardening!

    • Pushing myself to near exhaustion every day. But it’s a good tired!

  2. Noma Edwards Noma Edwards

    This will be fun to watch over the summer.

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