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.

Friday, May 15, 2015

May ---and it's FINALLY Time To Plant Something!!!

Spring FINALLY arrives!!
Forgive my long absence. What can I say--life is at it's busiest right now, as any gardener can well understand.

We have just come out of almost a full week of rain. It was much needed , and couldn't have come at a better time.  It has, however, delayed my edging the vegetable garden and the "field" grass is spreading like mad into the borders that have perennials. What a nightmare that's going to be to deal with.
Broccoli and Cauliflower under protection

I don't have much planted yet---we still have a few more weeks until our frosts are done, but I did
get the cold lovers in.

May 2--Planted Super Sugar Snap peas ( "up" May 14)
             Planted Shallots

May 10--Planted one bed of Red Pontiac potatoes
               Planted  one bed of Mokum carrots (in a cold frame)

May 13-Planted three beds of Yukon gem from saved seed

May 14-Opened the box from Dixondale of Copra Onions---and they sent the wrong thing.ARGH!
             I contacted them and they are shipping out a new batch pronto. What a great company.
             Made the best of the day though--got Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, and Celery Planted!

The garden is looking like a bad garage sale but everything needs protection against frost

There is a lack of salad greens and this is my fault. They were planted in late April, but I used OLD SEED--I had terrible germination--a few lettuce appeared, but the radish, spinach and green onions were a bust.
It's too late to replant--they would be ready end of June--too hot for them, so I'll try again this fall with fresh seed.  I had trouble early this year trying to use old seed with my ornamental grasses. Lesson FINALLY learned. I am only using FRESH SEED from now on.

The seedlings are awaiting their June 4 planting time. In the meantime, they are the most well travelled thing at our home. Outside during the day---inside at night.
The hardier seedlings spend the night in the uninsulated garage

Tender seedlings like tomatoes, peppers and zinnias spend days on the porch and come into the house at night.

I'll do a post at the end of the month to show the perennials around the house. Not much exciting right now--but they are growing fast and I hope to have some blooms by June.
Happy Gardening everyone!