You can literally see the fruits of your labor!
It is the time of year that you should turn back on the sprinklers. Also, adjust everything to make sure that water is getting to the new season's plants and not the ghost of what was growing last year.
The artichoke plant is starting to make up for all the garden real-estate it's claimed! We have been enjoying about an artichoke a week. I have to say, I love having a whole side dish in the backyard! It makes dinner much easier.
Even my most scraggly, slug eaten potato plants are throwing food my way!
As everything begins to grow in and thicken, it is tempting to slip into the hammock and take a snooze. Definitely do this, but also try and plant one new plant a week. This way you will continue to have a harvest late into summer an fall. You will thank me later!!!
May is a great time to put things like peppers and eggplant in the ground. My peppers are blossoming and starting to push out tiny little peppers. Peppers generally like consistent watering. Be careful not to have soggy soil or the won't thrive.
May is also when cucumber plants and tomatoes will start to look alive. Corn, sweet potatoes, snap peas, cantaloupe, and leaks can also be planted in May.
If you are planning on putting in squash or gourds for a fall harvest, you should start these seeds indoors in May or June.
We all hate it. There really isn't anything fun about it, but it must be done. My husband and I were busy or out of town every weekend in April and the weeds completely took over my garden. I have spent all of May trying to dig deep in this nasty grass that grows and rescue the struggling plants underneath. Luckily I have found good things growing!
Try and get the weeds up whenever you have a few minutes here and there. This way your new seedlings aren't struggling for sunlight and the weeds aren't sucking up all the nutrients in the soil.
Some of the winter plants and lettuces may have gone to seeds. When these plants bolt, like you see in the picture of my chard, rip them out. They use a lot of the plant's energy to do this and they will taste bitter and gross. Chop them, compost them, and wait for the to serve you next year as dirt! Let me know how your garden is growing! I love comments!