Well, it's another exceptionally late garden review of the comings and growings in the month of May. It was a month more focused on new chicks and garden projects than vegetables.
May’s big backyard event was the arrival of Cuddle Fluff and Chicken Little, two chicks hatched under our broody hen Alcatraz. I’d never hatched eggs under a broody hen, so I was super worried that I would mess something up and the arrival of new life would go terribly wrong. An additional post about this magical venture to come soon.
Mother’s Day - “Treat yourself!”
When Ben and the kids asked me what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day I didn’t hesitate; duh, some hard labor. It was all hands on deck for some big garden projects. Ben and the kids removed an atrocious Pyracantha bush with an imposing shadow while I made an epic home depot run for some more wood to build raised beds. The beds were not completed (what beds? Mention this maybe briefly earlier), but a Home Depot run is a feat in itself.
Wattle Weaver still weaving
I’ve been slowly moving forward with my labor-intensive, wattle weaving projects. With a big sigh of relief I can finally report the completion of my arbor. I’ve never made an arbor and, true to form, I completely underestimated the time it would take. I also returned to my Rec & Park roots and began weaving some new fences. The first one enclosed a new bed of tomatoes and squash. I’ll be working on additional weaving projects throughout the summer.
Sowing, growing, and eating
I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t sown any new seeds in the last couple months. I did transplant all my squash plants and any remaining seedlings from March. There has been a lot to harvest, although no warm-season crops are mature yet.
Gardening outside of the garden
I’ve been writing a monthly gardening column for the Half Moon Bay Review and Pacifica Magazine. If you’re along the coast, pick one up, or you can check out the e-edition.
And I was honored to give a Growing Food in the City workshop for City Slicker Farms in conjunction with the grand opening of their awesome Farm Park.
Pests now and forever
Pests continue to be the same levels as March. There are still aphids, caterpillars, and wireworms. Good bugs have also returned in high numbers. It’s delightful to see all the ladybugs preying on the aphids.
I’ve also got some updates on some of my past pest issues. The wireworm traps suggested by Oregon State University yielded no results. I’d like to think it was because there are no more wireworms in my garden, but I know that’s not the case. I’ve still sporadically unearthed them as I’ve been digging around in my raised beds.
I also believe I figured out what has been plaguing my peas: Ascochyta blight. A very exciting discovery that I will definitely discuss more in an upcoming post.