The homesteading projects are a work in progress. Here's what's happening:
The bees are busy in their new hive.
|They have almost filled their first box.|
The chickens will soon be out of the brooder box.
We are harvesting cool weather crops.
|Sanguine Ameliore lettuce|
|The misticanza di radicchi, or mesclun mix, is starting to fill in.|
|The gourmet wild arugula has young, tender leaves.|
|Heads of Winter Density lettuce are coming up.|
|The color of the Slobolt lettuce is fantastic.|
|first radish planting|
|Bull's Blood beets|
Unfortunately, something has been eating our peas, so the trellises are still bare. Hopefully we'll get some. I've been looking forward to spicy pickled snap peas since last year.
The garlic we planted last fall is getting big. We'll have scapes soon!
|one of three garlic beds|
We also have several surprises:
|rogue onions that are going to seed the second season|
|Chives (I forgot about them)|
|The experimental wormwood overwintered to form a lovely absinthey hedge.|
|This very hardy Tango lettuce made it through the winter|
|along with a few spinach and chard plants.|
|The fall rutabaga (yellow flowers), black Spanish radish (pale purple flowers), and parsnip sprouted and bolted.|
My main responsibility in the garden right now is mulching.
|I have to turn this|
|In the process, I've found a few of these. |
Moving on . . .
The rhubarb patch is productive.
|We allowed one to go to seed.|
The plants we started from seed will soon be ready to transplant.
|a few seedlings|
I'm spending less time down by the creek and more time in the garden, but on our most recent walk we found these brightly-colored wild columbines.
|The outer petals are typically light pink, but these were vermilion.|
May is a very busy planting month. In the next several weeks all of our summer crops will be in.
|Gardening is a spectator sport in our house.|
It's a great time of year. We have the whole summer ahead of us. And for five minutes, I can sincerely believe that I'll have a nice, tidy, organized garden.
|Site of future July jungle|