The month of May finds the edibles growing in the Fairegarden to be of the quantity if not quality to join good friend Tina’s veggie day report for her blog, In The Garden. Let us begin with the raised bed devoted to food crops. Salad fixings have been harvested from successive sowings of greens and lettuces. The first crop of lettuces were started under lights in the greenhouse. Sugar snap peas are on bamboo stakes at the far end. Parsley and cilantro are doing well.The radishes got woody and bolted by the time they were large enough to eat, again. No more wasted space with those. Tiny carrot plants are in the same row.Dear neighbor Mickey gave us a bag of little red seed potatoes. This is the first attempt for this vegetable and we planted them just like he told us, cutting the potatoes into quarters and mounding up the soil. We have added compost, straw and bagged Black Kow to the stems. Flower buds are now forming. There are high hopes.It is early yet but one tomato has formed on the yellow cherry plant. Most of the other plants are just now flowering.
Caroline Anne golden raspberries are on their second year. These were too delicious for words and a large crop would be welcome. Uniquitous black ants are the caretakers of the veggie patch. Before this plot was the veggie bed, it was home to an old privet hedge that was removed by The Financier. I know, what a guy! There are portions of roots underground that are being taken care of by these ants. They come up for air and sunbathing on the produce.After whining about the lack of broad beans on the plants at VP’s Veg Plotting blog, beans magically appeared.Pepper and tomato plants had to be purchased after the crop failure with the greenhouse started seedlings. The cold frame made from the glass shower door was not up to the task of protecting the babies. They were planted anyway and can be seen in front of the store bought ones. Pretty pathetic. Why do I bother with the seeds when they just about give the plants away at local nurseries?Several patches of summer squashes were planted. We will know what is what when and if the fruit forms.The first sugar snap pea has formed from the initial planting. More than half of those were eaten as they germinated even through netting tightly secured all around. We suspect mice, but it could be insects also. More peas have been sown and are doing well. We will just have to wait longer for that bit of deliciousness. Last year was our first attempt and the results were astounding. We had so many pea pods that many were frozen and were surprisingly wonderful. The last bag from the freezer was eaten last week. Store bought tomatoes and seed grown bush green beans. We will identify the tomatoes and everything else when they are harvested. The tags are in the ground by the plants.Last year was the first for growing cucumbers. They were easy and plentiful. We made pickles that were given as gifts and well received. This year we chose actual pickling cukes and one patch of Straight Eight salad cukes. More Broad beans are on the cage to the right.The long view down the veggie bed with the finished block wall. Garlic was planted at this end last September and seems to be doing well. We still have garlic from last year. Better get busy in the kitchen. Do you have any suggestions to use up a lot of garlic?Six ever bearing strawberry plants were purchased late winter of last year. The berries never made it into the house for they wanted to hop into my mouth still warm from the sun. The plants multiplied like mad even growing in the landscape cloth that lines the paths. We replanted all the babies and made a small patch at the very end with the leftovers. There is no straw on these and it is more shaded than the rest of the bed. But there is a problem. As we wait for the perfect ripeness to pick the fruits, the very day of that perfection someone has beaten me to the goods. The score is Frances – 1, rabbits, or whoever is stealing them – 20. Surely there will be enough for us all eventually.
Note: that red berry was eaten right after the photo was taken. That is the one on the scorecard.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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