Usual practice around here is to make a Wishetwurra Farm update about once a month, near the first of the month. We interrupt this month for a catchup post, due to the weather having taken a sudden and definitive turn to warm. Plants have responded accordingly, so much so that if I wait until the first of June for the next post, you won’t recognize the place.
The asparagus patch was heavily manured and heavily mulched last year. It’s been slower to warm up than usual, but at last the first spears are starting to come in.
The first planting of peas, started inside in a flat in the greenhouse, is already blooming.
Garlic is getting taller by the day.
In the foreground, at the base of the bamboo stakes, are some pole beans.
I got carried away at garlic planting time last fall.
Assuming a good yield, we’re going to have enough bulbs to keep us and quite a few friends supplied.
It’s not often the tomato plants go out mid-May, but night temperatures have been consistently in the fifties, and daytimes have been in the sixties and occasionally the seventies. Here and there in the garden are little sprouts of volunteer tomatoes. If it’s warm enough for a wintered-over tomato seed to sprout, it’s warm enough to transplant the starts from the greenhouse.
The middle view…
The rhubarb just outside the garden fence is doing well.
This is the time of year when fresh rhubarb pie comes back on the menu.
The oak tree leaves are as big as squirrels’ ears, so the corn patch is in.
The south view.
The three inside posts have fence between them.
On which will grow crawly, climby, viney crops.
So far so good, but there’s an overhanging worry.
There were four and a quarter inches of snowmelt and rain in March. In the entire month of April we got just shy of one inch of rain. That’s not very April-showery.
In the first fifteen days of May there has been one one hundredth of an inch of rain, according to the official gauge out at the airport. This spring is now worrisomely dry. Already we are watering.
And that’s the May-and-a-half Wishetwurra Farm garden report.
Thanks for coming on the tour.
FROM-OUTER-SPACE AUGUST POSTSCRIPT:
Within a few days before or after this post, an orbiting satellite took a photograph.
In due time, google swapped out the older wintertime photo of the Wishetwurra Farm area for this new image. In early August I happened to notice the change. Here’s a screen shot…at this range it’s a little fuzzy, but you’ve maybe never seen Wishetwurra Farm from outer space before.
Now you have….