The May Garden
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!
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.
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!
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...