Saturday, May 14, 2016

May 2016 Garden Update

So how is the garden doing in May?

You will remember my citrus from last year that were overwintered (with not great results)? Well they are growing:

Even the ones I thought I killed

are showing new life (This is a Mexican Lime.  Apparently they will reproduce from the root stock, one of the few citrus trees that will):

Overwintered (by accident) peppers (Bell and Jalapeno) are growing - if you look down, you can see the peppers:

The garlic is starting to fall over and the leeks are coming up.

Volunteer pumpkins have returned:

And the grain and onions are doing well:

Overall very happy!


  1. I like the idea of growing grain, its on my list of things to try, I have a collection of citrus trees, they will be moving into there new homes this week, we are just finishing a poly tunnel for them were they will be planted in the ground, some of mine I have had for 5-6 years they are all a mass of blossom at the moment and smell delicious as well as being laden with fruit :-)

    1. Dawn, I have done grain (small amounts to be sure) for 10 years now. It is really worth the effort - I have just trying to find the right grains for where we live now (as well as what we will use). Wheat, Rye and Barley are what I have had most success with.

      The citrus trees sound wonderful! This was an experiment that did not go quite as I had planned. I am hoping to redeem myself this year. I would also like to plant a mandarin or two (these may actually be able to make it outside with minimally cover). Citrus (and vitamin C) is a long term concern for me in case of a break in the food chain.

  2. Nice. Volunteers are always my favorites!!!

    1. One of the nice adventures about gardening Preppy. There is a story with these too - they are volunteers from last year from the compost I used to build the bed, so this is really the product of two seasons ago.

  3. TB - it all looks great, even the trees you thought you killed. and look at them coming back - woohoo! as for grains - have you ever thought of growing amaranth? it is an excellent grain and is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C. look into it. i will send you dandelion recipes later this eve or tomorrow morn.

    sending much love! your friend,

    1. Thanks Kymber! I am grateful the trees may survive my rough handling. I think some overfertilization too early may have been the cause.

      I just checked my dealer ( and they have several types of amaranth. (✓&button=&search_name=amaranth). I will have to get some here and have the local population try them out.

      Much love! - TB


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