The May Garden

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At the beginning of the year I made a kind of Garden Plan, or guideline as I opted to call it, I can now honestly say as we enter the month of June, I probably haven't stuck to it at all!

It is just so hard to to stick to a plan when it comes to the garden - Am I wrong? I find that I see different things up there all the time and want new things planted all the time. 

I have now realised that you can't really plan for your garden, in the same way that you can't really plan for a party - You never know who is going to show up, when they might arrive, what they will do when they have made an appearance and how they will behave! 

No -

I now realise gardening is a lot like partying, it's best to just go with the flow, have a loose plan and manage it the best way you can whilst keeping everybody (including yourself) well fed, watered and happy --- Another dance to nature's rhythm.

Mint drying

Mint drying

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Porch Herbs

Porch Herbs

More mint hanging to dry

More mint hanging to dry

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Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries

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First Wild Rose Blossoms

First Wild Rose Blossoms

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Lupin

Lupin

Foxglove

Foxglove

Chives

Chives

Sage

Sage

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Purple Cabbage

Purple Cabbage

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Curly Kale

Curly Kale

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Leeks

Leeks

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Heirloom Strawberry

Heirloom Strawberry

Coriander

Coriander

Nettle fertiliser brew!

Nettle fertiliser brew!

Courgette

Courgette

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Lavender

Lavender

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Rocket Flowers

Rocket Flowers

May was a pretty miserable month weather wise for us, so I wasn't outdoors as often as I had hoped, but am beginning to catch up with things now. I have been planting a few herbs - Sage, coriander, fennel, lavender, lemon balm, thyme, chives, as well as hanging some out to dry for the Apothecary. 

The courgettes that I planted out were all eaten by slugs (enemy no.1 at present) I am in the process of trying a number of solutions to deter them, namely, egg shells, coffee grinds and now salt! The courgette in the greenhouse are doing well though.

I have sewn 3 varieties of beetroot, some peas, purple cabbage, carrots, onions, leeks, curly kale, peppers, chili's, more salad herbs and leaves and squash (my own seeds I saved so am looking forward to seeing if they sprout at all).

The fruit bushes are doing as they should, we should have a good few blueberries, blackcurrants and raspberries and are already enjoying the wild strawberries. I spotted the first wild rose this week and am already getting exciting at the thoughts of a bumper rosehip harvest.

- Here's to happy gardening and happy dancing!

Salad Herbs

Salad Herbs

Squash & Beetrrot

Squash & Beetrrot

Garlic

Garlic

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In June I hope to:

  • Make borders for the beds
  • Get wood bark to put down between the beds
  • Construct a new seat for myself
  • Weed and hoe and thin where required
  • Check for slugs every evening and morning and keep an eye out for other pests!
  • Sew pumpkins 
  • Sew rainbow chard
  • Have a pool party barbeque!
  • ...And accept whatever nature has to offer...
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Chamomile

Chamomile