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.

Monday, June 3, 2013

End of the Month Roundup-May......a few days late!

May found temps closer to normal than April had, but the roller coaster continues.  I still have been unable to plant much because of continued  frost. We are supposed to have temps in the low 30's the next couple of nights.  Hopefully that will be the last of it. I need to get planting.

May had 20 days of sun,  3.3" rain--of which 2.1" of that fell just in the 4th week and NONE in the first and third weeks. With sandy soil, that's always a problem.

We had a high of 84 on the 1st and the 30th,  and a low of 28 on the 25th.  We had plenty of frosty mornings and my many flats of flowers are more travelled than most people I know.  They get hauled in and out of the house and garage on any night calling for 38 or less---my house is located at the bottom of the hill and I'll typically freeze when most people don't.  

I have the potatoes planted.  Three beds of Yukons were planted on the 20th, and are just coming up.
Red Pontiacs (only a dozen plants) were planted on the 21st and are all up.
I got my order in for sweet potato slips Saturday.  I can't plant them until Wednesday--when the frosts are supposedly done.
Peas, spinach, lettuce are all doing well.  Broccoli is doing great. Cauliflower is a bust AGAIN. The frost last night wiped them out. I have no replacements on hand. I give up on them until fall.
Strawberries look great and many are flowering already. I have all the beds covered and that saved them from the cold.  Looks like an abundant crop ahead for those.

I planted corn and sunflowers today. It's so late this year, but hopefully we'll have a nice stretch of weather and it will catch up.

In the flower beds,  things are coming along well. I haven't planted any of the annuals (frost thing again!) but the perennials that survived the winter look good.  I did lose all my mums this year. I had most of them for the whole 5 years I've been gardening, so they will be missed. 
I also lost several Agastaches  and my Artemesia 'Powis Castle'.  I'm replacing them, as they looked so good in front of the Cleome patch.

I am hoping to plant my flowers and vegetables by Saturday. Of course, I thought LAST week I could get things planted.  We'll see............