In the Garden: May 2016

Spring is finally in full swing around here.

As much as I enjoy being cozy by the fire during the winter months, I am more than ready to get outside as soon as the weather warms up.

One of the things I am the most excited about lately is my garden. Isn't it pretty?? (Please ignore the makeshift fence and gate. If it wasn't there, the rockchucks would demolish all my baby plants.)

My  husband planned and put together an irrigation system that uses tiny soaker hoses to water everything. It's working great! Much better than the drip irrigation we had last year. He's amazing.

I started some of my seeds inside back in March, but I didn't have the best of luck. I'm still not sure what the problem was, but gardening is all about trial and error. Slowly but surely I am learning which seeds need to be started inside, and which seeds do better when they are planted straight into the ground. (check out

this post

to see what I did last year)

 A few of the VIPs (very important plants) made it through, like my tomatoes, a couple of hot peppers, broccoli, artichokes, okra, basil, one cantaloupe vine, and two squash plants.

But then I planted them outside...

You can't be a true gardener without inflicting a few casualties, right? Right.

(insert a moment of silence for the deceased)

Okay, moving on.

I was a little worried about planting my tomato plants outside. We get more than our fair share of wind here and I was afraid their poor little stems would just snap in two (that happened to a few plants last year). But I took the advice of a dear friend and gardening buddy and put them in the ground sideways, leaning in the direction the wind blows. I might lose two of my six plants from the shock of being planted, but the other four are thriving!

I also planted a few seeds straight into the ground outside the first weekend in May. Technically that was a week before the last average frost for our area, but we've been having warm weather lately (60s - 70s during the day) and the forecast looked good so I decided to go ahead and plant.

In addition to replanting what I had lost, I put out peas, several different lettuces, spinach, kale, beets, radishes, sunflowers, and a mix of wildflowers along the fence and in between a few of the rows to *hopefully* choke out the weeds. So far everything has been quite happy, which makes me quite happy too.

We had to put a little bit of chicken wire over the top of the spinach. Apparently quail love it.

I also discovered that, not only did my strawberry plant survive its first winter, but it also has berries on it! Hopefully nothing eats them before they are ripe...

Speaking of berries, our raspberry patch is getting ready to explode with berries!

It was a complete mess when we moved in almost two years ago, and now it is one of my favorite things about our place. I can hardly wait until the berries are ready to pick!

Do you have a garden? What are some of your favorite things to grow and eat? Do you have any tips or tricks to share?