Wishetwurra Farm Report, May Day 2016

Another month has come.

We survived cold April. May has begun. The long-range forecast indicates that we may at last be getting a real warmup. May it be so. Tender seeds have been started. Some flats are still at windows in the house, others have gone out to the greenhouse for toughening-up.

The greenhouse is full of green.

And of greens.

And a rabbit.


Lots of wintered-over greens in the back, where the rosemary bush also is.  The rosemary’s blooming. In the front are dirt mixes in tubs and buckets. There’s an electric heater on that board over the middle path. Yes, a heater….It’s been frosty at night, way more more often than we like for this time of year. Something had to be done to keep the tomatoes from getting coldsick.

So much for the greenhouse. Once again it’s time for a trip up the forty-five year old aluminum ladder section. Time to take a look at what’s happening down there.


North part of garden: Late daffodils dot perimeters and beds with yellows and whites. No sign of asparagus yet. Shallots and onions are enjoying the cool weather, 75 strawberry plants are just planted. Surrounded by cutworm collars, broccoli, cabbages, kales and bok choy make the line that goes by the feet of the woman in this image. Next toward the far fence are two rows of garlic.

A closer view of the allium patch shows four kinds of shallots and four different onion varieties.


Happy allia. Cool weather, enough moisture, ample fertility in the soil.

Here’s the row of transplanted coles…


Transplanted coles. To their right is garlic.


The view of the middle.


Near the plank in the foreground is what’s left of the old strawberry patch. Not much is left, but we’ll get a few berries. The long rows of green are garlic. Then comes an unplanted area. At the garbage can you see light colored spots…these are kale and chard, surrounded by oaktag cutworm collars. The rest of the bed is a work in progress, with much digging to go. The woman on the planks is pointing to that bed. Behind her is another bed under construction, where tomatoes will go later in the season. Below that is the spinach patch, perennial onions, the last of the leeks, and a patch of green near the fence, which is weeds…including the dratted bindweed with which we are cursed and which we are fighting with every means at our disposal. Maybe it’s time to buy a flame thrower.

In the far section are the early pease. They’re doing well, considering how cold it has been so far this year.


Pease patch. The woman with the green mug is my sister, here for a visit.

We’ll be back soon with some closer views of what else is growing on.


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