May 11

…in the merry month of May!

May is a lovely month. April can be a little blustery with wet and cold sometimes a little snow.

May is flowers and some showers. Plenty of sunshine and even some days of prematurely hot temperatures.

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I was absent most of last month while traveling about China. When I returned home, the weather was a marked improvement from when I left. I’ve actually slept with my window open several times this week. Birds are chirping and there are plenty of signs of life in the garden. As I scraped away the leaves and straw used nearly 6 months ago to mulch these beds, I find one of those life signs – a handful of pale shoots with purple tips sticking up through the surface. Very encouraging to know that I should be eating fresh asparagus within the month!

Heirloom asparagus planted 3 years ago from European seed.

Heirloom asparagus planted 3 years ago from European seed.

Dandelions are in abundance and it is time for some fresh greens in salad and cooked with onions. I also see some Treviso rejuvenating. That went well with the dandelion greens. A little bit of butter add some type of onion and sweat for a moment then add the green to wilt. Finish with a splash of lemon juice.

The apple tree is slowly recovering from my severe pruning last autumn. I think I have shaped the tree to the height I want. Let’s hope the work I put into grafting 3 other varieties onto this mother will begin to pay off with some fruit production.

My first week back I was quite lazy. Jet lag really wore me down on the flight home. I think it was a combination of factors contributing to my fatigue. For starters, it is important not to eat too much before flying long distances. Also, when I got home, I made the big mistake of staying up too late and not sleeping long enough that first night. Lastly, I had a lot of chores to catch-up on and I pushed myself too much in the first couple of days home. Lesson learned. Those long distance flights of 13 hours or more really require an adjustment to prepare for and recover from.

This aforementioned fatigue related to jet lag was my excuse for not getting busy in the garden immediately after arriving home. Though I was quite busy with the sorting and editing of pictures. I also completed my blog articles about the trip. I think it was best to write as soon after the trip as possible. I do keep a notebook when I travel, but writing details down while they are still fresh in mind is the best way for me to remember the finer points. It’s been a several weeks since my return and slowly I am getting some yard work done. After basic clean-up, I have started the seasonal process of turning a section of the garden and getting some crops in the soil.

Brussels sprout seedling at about 10 weeks old.  I pushed back the agro-net cover for the photo.  Agro-net helps tokeep the soil warm on cool nights.  Also helps to protect new seedlings from wind and rain damage.

Brussels sprout seedling at about 10 weeks old. I pushed back the agro-net cover for the photo. Agro-net helps tokeep the soil warm on cool nights. Also helps to protect new seedlings from wind and rain damage.

 

Seed purchased this year; peas, beans, corn, squash, some lettuce.

Plants purchased at the local nursery; tomatoes, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. I may get some peppers and strawberries. The strawberries would be planted among the wild strawberries to see if they might “hybridize”.

 

…There is always something to do in the garden anytime between mid-April and end of October.

 

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    • spring on May 12, 2015 at 8:06 pm
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    I don’t care for a luxurious city lifestyle, but I do like yours. That’s exactly what I would like to experience after the retirement or perhaps even earlier. I think it would be quite enjoyable making food like salad using vegetables planted by myself. Growing food is partly out of a health concern, but also because of the sense of achievement I can feel. Like your garden, your lifestyle, hope you can harvest a lot. Please share more beautiful pics.

    1. The poem by Emerson titled, “Success” speaks to the choices about lifestyles.

      To laugh often and much;
      To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
      To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
      To appreciate beauty,
      To find the best in others,
      To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child,
      A garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
      To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
      This is to have succeeded.

    • Morning on May 19, 2015 at 4:51 am
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    Your artical reminds me of my childhood, pure and full of wonder.
    The vegetable we ate everyday were from our yard as well as the fruit.
    But now, too many chores prevent me from having a garden of my own.
    Envy you! haha
    Hope you have a fruitful antumn.

    1. Childhood is a time for exploration and wonder! You are fortunate that you had the opportunity to enjoy it and no, to reflect on that time.
      Thanks for your wishes for a fruitful harvest season!

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