Wishetwurra Farm May Futurities II

When we last wrote, we had left the door and were headed to the garden. But the walk around the house to the garden gate took up a blogsworth of room.

So let’s try again.

This time of year the ocean water around us is still chilly, in the low fifties Fahrenheit (eleven Centigrade). When warm air comes to us, it chills over the cool water and we get fog. We’ve had a run of foggy mornings lately.


Foggy Morning at Wishetwurra Farm. May 2018.

May is a so-much-to-do-so-little-time kind of month, when windows of opportunity constantly open and close.

The greenhouse is full of — greens.

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Front to back: parsley, spinach, chard, mixed coles, mixed lettuces, mesclun mix, arugula, and more lettuce. 

On the other side of the greenhouse:

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Back to front: radishes, lettuces, dill, spinach, claytonia (miners’ lettuce), and some starter pots…summer squash in the big pots, zinnias in in small.

Near the greenhouse door are more starts…

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Asters, marigolds, basils, tithonia, parsley, dill, lettuces, tomatoes, and more…

Those little seedling tomatoes that got pricked out of a starter post and moved to a 4″ pot are now 6″ tall and have their roots questing out the drainage hole at the potbottom. “More room!” they cry.

Into bigger pots they go.

There’s no longer room enough in the greenhouse, so they get put outside.

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Sent outside to harden off and grow: Tomatoes, zinnias, broccoli and cauliflower. 

I’ve started starting parsley and leeks in old windowboxes. They get seeded in January or February, in the house. Shortly after sprouts emerge, the boxes go to the greenhouse for the next few months. They grow slowly but steadily, and need little care. Now they’re outside also, in between rows of the asparagus patch, waiting to be transplanted.

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Leeks, parsley, and leeks, in windowboxes. 

The first pease, which were started in flats and then transplanted in mid-to-late April, are now over six inches tall and starting to climb. The second planting is extending first tendrils, which are feeling around looking for something to hold on to.

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Near: first pea planting. Far: second pea planting. 

The little chinese cabbages have taken hold.

They make really good coleslaw.

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Young chinese cabbage.

Elsewhere, carrots and beets have come up. It’s almost time to thin them.

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Carrot sprouts

You can’t beat beets!

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Burgeoning baby beets. 

May in the garden is all about futurity, and about launching your plants and seeds into the growing season — springsummerfall — the time of year when daylength extends, and when tropical heat visits. So much to do! It’s time to get the last big seeding of pease in, so there will be plenty of peas to freeze for winter.

And now that the weather is warmer and more settled, it’s time to sow the corn and beans and edamame.

By the way, is there anyone who wants to come by and help do some weeding? No pay, but I’ll bend your ears for a while, and send you home with some plants.



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