Saturday, May 31, 2014
Last Day of May
It's the last day of May and so it's time to evaluate the Spring so far. Growth has not been especially booming this Spring to be honest. I think we ended up falling short of my lamb estimate by two, I only got one new raised bed added to the mix and bee growth has been slight as well with only one little swarm, a trapout and one new Nuc that may or may not make it.
Our rain storms are already acting like it's late June or early July instead of late May and some of the bees have already started hitting the hummingbird feeders. That really perplexes me too because there is plenty of Sweet clover that somehow came up in my little Alfalfa field and they normally kinda like that stuff.
The battle of the Weeds continues. That last big rainstorm we got that kept me out of the garden for almost four days really gave the weeds a head start. I have been rolling them up pretty good though and I figure I am getting about 10 to 15% of the garden weeded and mulched per working day and am now setting at about 40% finished. I start with the ground vines first of course because they need space to grow and mulch to lay their fruit on. Once the ground vines are spread out it becomes impossible to till the weeds under before mulching too.
At this point the Melons are done, the Squash and friends as well with half the Cantaloupe bed finished this evening. I also got two trellis of cucumbers mulched in as well. Next step are the four trellis of beans and two rows of Bush Beans. I leave the Tomatoes until last because even though they are already choked with weeds they have enough of a head start they can hold their own for a while. I also don't mulch the Corn and will just till between the rows. This does allow some weed growth and I am thinking about taking Corn completely out of the garden and setting it up in it's own space somewhere else next year. I have such lousy luck with Corn anyway.
A late evening thunderstorm ended my outside work for the day although it only rained long enough to just get everything wet a little so it shouldn't give the weeds too much of a boost.
Looks like I start the lawn mowing cycle again tomorrow.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!