Half-a-May 2015 at Wishetwurra Farm. As Amended in August.

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 north end of the garden. Soaker hose snakes in the asparagus patch. Rows of happy plants make lines of green where six weeks ago the last of the snow and ice was melting.

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.


We’ve got four to six weeks of sparrowgrass-eating ahead of us. Mmmmmm. So what if it makes your pee smell funny. You can see the arms and legs of the “Broccoli Diver” swimming at the edge of the patch.

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.


We’re using more and more soaker hose for watering. The goal is to have enough of it to leave it in place for each row.

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 tomato patch. LH row is a mixture of main crop types, and the RH row is plum/paste tomatoes, for drying, sauces, and bits to freeze.

The middle view…


Nearest green is the row of strawberries. Planted last year, they’re looking good, and we’re hoping for a good crop. Below the strawberries is a bed of mixed crops…chard, greens, cole family, and so on. Middle wedge is the corn patch. and below that is the bed with early spring greens. Lowest section has yet to be planted.

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.


Nearest the fence is a row of potatoes. Then the strawberries, then the mixed greens. The cutworms have taken out almost half of the chard. Time to replant.

The oak tree leaves are as big as squirrels’ ears, so the corn patch is in.


The corn patch. We’re growing three kinds of corn this year. Two varieties of flour corn and one of popcorn. Squash plants are sheltered from pests by the screen-topped boxes. We don’t know for sure, but may go for the full “three sisters” garden, and plant pole beans in another week or so, once the corn is knee high. This dirt has been greatly improved over the last few years, so this part of the garden could get “jungly” by mid-summer.

The south view.

The three inside posts have fence between them.

On which will grow crawly, climby, viney crops.


The boxes on the left fence section have cucumbers inside, and the right section has gotten a planting of tall sugar snap pease. Yes, you read “pease”. That’s the way it used to be spelt, and it’s the way I’m going to spell it! There’s precedent. Pease is an old family name around here, and there’s a street in Edgartown named Pease Point Way.

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.


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.

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Wishetwurra Farm from outer space.

Now you have….

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