May is a busy month in the garden as we plant our gardens with food and flowers to enjoy all summer long. Combine that with plant sales, the first part of May has been one of my busiest times. I am finally getting plants in the garden.
The kitchen garden is filling up. The tomato bed above looks like a jail with all my supports and baling twine ready to support what I know will be very large tomato plants. This year I am growing some interesting tomatoes for the seed bank and several favourites that my garden can’t do without. The tomato ‘Mortgage Lifter’ with its intense flavour is one of my favourites. I have surrounded the tomato bed with Marigolds to add some colour. In the back I have a bed of salad greens, broccoli and peas. A floating row cover is gently placed over the broccoli plants to keep the cabbage moth away.
The first Nasturtiums have opened in the onion bed. I planted a raised bed full of yellow and red onion sets to enjoy all winter long.
The kale-brusssel sprout plant or what is now called kalettes that I tried last summer is going to seed now. Kale forms its seed pods along its stems after it finishes flowering in the second year of growth.
I will leave a few pods on the plant to mature and collect the seed. I doubt it will come true from seed but my curious nature has to try some seed to see what happens. Its time to plant a new kale plant in the garden to replace this one.
The hardneck garlic is producing scapes. They are early this year which means the garlic will be ready next month. Last year I made garlic scape pesto with the scapes. Do you have a good way to use them? This gardener would love to know any recipes for scapes.
The raspberries have berries on them! It’s the second year for these transplanted raspberry canes so we should get a few berries for dessert in late June.
At the front of the kitchen garden, sweet peas are growing up the new fence that Farmer Jim put up. I must admit they take a bit of training to get them to stay on this fence as they would prefer a netting. Fresh soil has gone down and I have worked in some organic fertilizer. I hope this area in front of the kitchen garden is as colourful as it was last year.
All the Dahlias are in the ground and this morning I added a border of Snapdragon and Alyssum along the front. The new plants look like soldiers so I will pinch them next week to encourage them to branch out. For now I will let the roots get used to their new home.
Last year this are was a huge mess of raspberries mixed with horsetail and bluebells. Farmer Jim built two new raised beds to go in its place. Last summer the raspberry canes were dug up and the roots washed off before being moved to a raised bed in the kitchen garden. These two beds are planted with tomatoes. Originally it was to be our fruit beds but it’s too late to move the blueberry plants now as they are fruiting. It will wait until next year. With 27 tomato plants in the garden, I better start planning what I will do with the harvest. Containers on the old deck will get a makeover this week. I use perennials in containers as they use less water. There is still lots of planting to be done. I have yet to touch some of the gardens. Does it ever end?
That’s about it for today in the garden. I will leave you with this bouquet of roses. This is undoubtably the best the roses have looked. I took these to share at my garden club last night and everyone enjoyed their fragrance.