Direct sowing continues as does bed preparation and structure building. The business of May shows no signs of slowing. A couple of simple acts of kindness put a huge smile on my face and a bounce in my step……kindness and love make the world go around.
It’s the mad month of May when there is so much to do in the kitchen garden…..the soil has finally warmed up so it’s time to get on with the direct sowings. It’a a wonderful time of year full of hope and optimism and even sunshine.
I treated myself to some herb plants – I rarely buy plants so it was a big deal to me……but, oh, what a disappointment…….the arrival of the grapevine cutting cheered me up considerably……as did watching the activity of the bees around the insect houses.
It’s the beginning of May……and it finally feels like Spring may have sprung and the garden is waiting to burst back into life….the days are getting warmer and longer so it’s time to get some seeds in the soil. Hurrah!
Some jobs are easier with two pairs of hands……….if the second pair of hands belong to your best mate even better. Hanging out with Graham there’s always plenty of banter and laughter…….the jobs get done and it doesn’t feel like work at all. I’m delighted to have my first water butt installed (I plan to have many more when finances allow) – harvesting rain water should be a priority for us all………..as should laughing and spending time with good friends.
There’s no two ways about it……sometimes having a veggie garden is sheer hard work. My clay soil has baked hard in the sun but I’m excited to get on with preparing bed number 3 and doing things differently this year……and making space for the grapevine and more new veggies for the fence area. All morning the bees buzzed happily in the kale flowers and darted in and out of their ‘hotels’…..
Our mini-heatwave continues so I’m using whatever I can lay my hands on to act as a mulch – today it is nettles……..but I am mindful of the life cycles of the butterflies who use nettles as a crucial habitat and food source……and I get my first direct sown seeds in despite the ground being baked hard – hurrah for carrots! Then……a bit of time out to simply enjoy the sunshine, the quiet and the beauty of Mother Nature waking up…..
Finally! We have sunshine and warmth so the race is on to get the last bits of preparation done on the beds ready for some direct sowing and to make sure supports are in place for the climbing plants. It’s also time to simply sit back, do nothing and enjoy being in the garden.
It feels great to get the last of the indoor sowings done…….and to re-sow all the tomatoes, leeks and celery after a bit of a disaster with some bad compost. Now I can think about the direct sowings in the garden……..
On a very chilly day I start to get ready for winter! Sowing my brassicas with numb, cold fingers and dreaming of warmer days…..hopefully sowing flower seeds will prompt the sun to come out.