Here we are, the beginning of May, and I haven’t done a thing for my garden yet this year! Starting seeds? Yes, I had those intentions – they did not happen though.
I’m not sure about you, but we have had the world’s longest winter here in New England, and I haven’t felt like getting outside at all. I think the morning temps still in the 30’s followed by cold rain was starting to grate on my nerves.
This past weekend it was beautiful though! So I decided it was time to check out the garden and see what needed to be done.
This is what happens when you go and have a baby in the fall and miss the whole “putting the garden to bed” part of the year! Overall it doesn’t look too bad, and I am happy about that.
One pleasant surprise was to see my kale coming up. I am assuming it seeded itself, or decided to stay through all that snow, I’m not entirely sure, but I was really excited to see how much growth there has been! I’m not entirely sure what I am supposed to do with the rest of the old kale stalks since it seems like the kale is growing out of the old stalks – so any advice is greatly appreciated!
The rhubarb and strawberries are growing well also! I planted perennial strawberries last year, and wasn’t sure they would make it because I forgot to mulch them before the ground was covered with snow, but I am assuming the large amount of snow we had acted as a nice little blanket against the bitter cold we had, so it worked out in the end.
I have a lot of work to do out there, lots of weeding and mixing in some compost, but I think this gardening season will still be a great one.
Luckily I have a very warm and sunny week ahead, and I fully expect to take advantage of that.
Have you started planting yet? Are you planning to try anything new this year?