Tuesday, 3 June 2014
The Garden Diaries: May
May has been a green month. Plenty of hot sunshine, but also plenty of rain. The garden's growth has sped up, and every week there's something new or different appearing.
With assistance from my toddler-sized sous-gardener, we've got many things planted this month - not all the lines of seeds may be straight, but she's so excited to help that it doesn't really matter. "Shall we plant some of these seeds?" "YES PEES!"
The raised beds are coming along nicely - the local cat population have adopted them as their XL litter tray which irks me greatly though (I've been googling supersoakers with the view to hunting down the main culprits...) But the peas, courgette, butternut squash and newly sown salads are going great guns, despite their feline visitors.
I've read that 2014 will be the year of the slug, thanks to the wet winter (it's like an alternative, and slightly slimier, Chinese calendar perhaps) and it certainly seems the case in our garden. Copper tape around pots works pretty well for now. After reading a recent piece of Alys Fowler's, I do feel I should be slightly more philosophical about what's getting eaten...but I find it hard to smile benevolently upon them when they've munched a baby plant and all I want to do is pour salt on them.
May in photos:
Lilac (all but over now, unfortunately) / Rain bedecked Alchamilla mollis / Chive flowers (and sage flowers behind) have been beautiful this year. Sadly all going over now, and I'm kicking myself for not being more culinary adventurous with them after reading about a chive flower vinegar in IG / Late afternoon sunshine and foxgloves are a good combination / As is sunshine and French lavender / Our first radish harvest / And the first pea to appear / For the first time ever, the blueberry bush looks like it might actually be productive. Only 6 years after I first bought it. / Cornflowers are springing up - I'm hoping for a few brighter blooms in addition to pink / I forget the name of this but I love the blue shot with purple / Foxgloves = bee heaven.
So that's May's garden. How's yours looking? (And any tips for ridding the garden of cats are greatly appreciated!)