Less than two months ago there was snow at Wishetwurra Farm.
That snow was the last of it, but the chilly weather was awful slow to loose its claws. Even the first few weeks of May were backwardsly chilly.
Warm weather has at last arrived. Compost pile squash and tomato seeds from last year have sprouted in the garden. “Volunteers” like these a real sign that the season has turned. Suddenly nights are over fifty, sometimes over sixty degrees. We’ve had lots of sunny days in the seventies and eighties. We’re putting in screens and opening the storm windows.
How quickly did the weather change this year? A friend remarked, “Wow! Summer already! It was nice to have those three hours of Spring…”
By last week the soil had dried to the point where three days go we had to put out the soaker hose to give the onions and strawberries a drink. Of course, last night rain moved in. In the last twenty-four hours we’ve gotten over a half inch of precipitation. Not the full soaking we’d like, but enough to encourage all the new plants.
May is the month when the garden needs hours and hours of work. We never seem to be able to do everything we’d like to. Maybe if we put a hammock in the greenhouse and had meals sent in? There’s always something we forget to do on time. We don’t think we planted enough pease this year.
Here’s our new feature…the panorama shot.
This month we have not snow, but rampant growth.
The rate at which plants grow in May is astonishing.
Let’s take a closer look, starting with the north end of the garden.
The “middle” view…
Over the last two weeks, transplants have steadily gone out of the greenhouse and into the garden. Here they are, staged outside the door.
Friends have been getting surplus seedlings of all sorts. Our Indian friend Uma came by today and took away some baby leeks and onions. She left us with a big supper’s worth of wicked good, real-deal chicken curry. Another friend took a mess of leeklets and left a dozen eggs of pastel hues. Trading is so much more fun than spending.
Inside the greenhouse, on the north side, we’ve planted peppers, eggplants and tomatoes, to see what kind of results might be gotten from putting these heat-loving plants in a nice hot summer greenhouse.
That’s the Memorial Day Weekend Wishetwurra Farm Garden Report.
In our next report we’ll admire the plants from closer-up.