A personal record of what's going on in my Northern Michigan zone 4 gardens. I use raised beds and grow organically. Nothing fancy--just trying to garden with nature in mind.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

End of the Month Roundup-May

Yes, you read that right. May. Because I have been without internet for TWO WEEKS. And Hughes Net (insert expletives!!!) has LOUSY customer service. And really, they don't CARE if you don't have internet for two weeks. But enough about that.

May saw temps ranging from low 40's to mid 80's for the highs. We had 21 sunny days, a total rainfall of 3.8" for the month and by far the BEST display of Lilacs and Apple Blossums in years!

I think we are going to have a HUGE apple crop this year---thank goodness, because we haven't had any in 2 years due to late frosts.

Dandelions didn't seem to last as long this year-3rd and 4th week of May and then gone-yea!

Biggest news for the month was the delivery May 26 of bees from the local Apiary in Manton. The fella is "storing" his bees at our place for the summer. Wow. It's very "buzzy" here. I'm not sure if we will do this again next year. Though the bees are extremely gentle, they seem to congregate at our cruddy old frog pond and this seems to freak a lot of people out. We're not talking a few bees here. It's more like hundreds and hundreds of bees at a time. On a bright note, I should have the best pollinated crops of anyone!

Got LOTS of spinach, salad greens and radishes from the garden.

Everything looks to be growing well. Weeds are at a minimum now that I'm in the third year of this garden, so there isn't any maintenance in the vegetable garden at all. I'm working more on prepping new flower beds than anything else.


  1. I am happy to hear that you are back on-line. That's crazy being with out internet for two weeks!

    It sounds like your garden is doing well...pics please!!!

  2. Wow! That's quite the range of temps!
    Glad you are back among us!

  3. I hate having to deal with cable companies, if it wasn't for the internet I wouldn't deal at all, but they know that LOL. Hope you get lots of apples this year!

  4. Isn't it frustrating when you have some good ideas for a blog entry and can't get online?! Those May temperatures were crazy around here, too. It was very hard on the birds and their babies trying to find bugs.

  5. Those lilacs sure were pretty! Our weather has fluctuated a lot, too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your nice comment.

  6. So happy you finally have net access back- 2 weeks is a LONG time to go without.

  7. It is no fun to not have internet access. Really like your blog and am so glad that I found it!

  8. Hi Sue,
    You suggested I grow perennials from seed. I haven't done that much, because I'm a bit intimidated by starting from seed, and getting those little baby plants to grow to full size. I have been thinking about trying it, though, and bought one package of Golden Marguerite Daisy seeds the other day. I wish I would have gotten them planted before this evening's storm.