May madness went by so quickly– no not that may madness – Mama Casz don’t play that madness. Rather, the madness in the month of May is the busiest month for a farmer/gardener – at least next to harvest time. June will be more about maintaining.
As for what I did accomplish in May, it was a good amount. Unfortunately finding a third duck has become quite the mission for the holy grail. I don’t want to raise from duckling, I’d rather adopt/rescue an adult.
I was able to get all my heat-loving veggies in the ground, including more onions. I planted in total 100 red onions, Walla Walla onions, and leeks. I did not plant sweet potatoes. I decided I needed to figure out the best place for them. So, maybe next year.
Peas and braccious crops all got mulched and have been watered regularly.
I weed one-bucketful at a time. I spend about 15 to 20 minutes once in the morning and once in the evening. The ducks get one bucket and the chickens another.
I’ve already harvested rhubarb, strawberries, radishes, swiss chard, kale, asparagus, and a ton of herbs. I replanted successive rows of carrots, and peas.
I’ve got two rose bushes in, but would like to get two more.
Green beans are semi-trellised and I’ll work on that some more in the early part of this month.
A permanent, larger run for the chickens has been put on hold because as I mentioned in my last chicken post, it’s high baseball season here. But soon, brood, soon. I promise.
My favorite pest control has become a product called Uncle Ian’s. It deters rabbits and deer and elk – my biggest pest next to slugs. I should probably buy stock in this stuff, it works so well. It’s dried blood and red pepper. It works. Use as directed. Your mileage may vary.
The biggest thing I’ve learned this month is that my neighbors and community are enamored with my efforts. My one neighbor drove by yesterday and said, “I just love driving by your house and seeing all the progress.” People stop while I’m working out in the yard and ask why I did what I did or they just simply walk by and give me the thumbs up. It’s validating and I’m getting to know people I wouldn’t have otherwise known. That’s pretty frakkin cool,
Here’s what’s on the agenda for June:
- *Install permanent, larger run for chickens (aka Poultry-ville)
- *Plant Two more Rose Bushes
- *Weed, Weed, Weed
- *Plant successive crops (radishes, carrots, cucumbers)
- *Harvest as plants become ready
- *Continue to compost/mulch
- *Purchase and plant new summer savory & anise plants
- *Dead head calendula and marigolds to keep them blooming
- * Prune spring-flowering shrubs after they’ve finished blooming.
- *Transplant Clematis from one area to newly prepped area
- *Cage tomatillos with new square cages
- *Cage other tomatoes as necessary
- *Keep pest control up.
Soon, I’ll be back to the old Harvest Creations posts that feature recipes and other food preservation tips and tricks. For now, there’s gardening to do!