May is done. We are now in a new month and a new season. Winter. The easy month. The one where it is ok to hunker down in a cosy spot and dream dreams of dream gardens without a weed in sight. It is a time for resting, recovering, and planning. There are a few things in the garden that can be done in a slow and gentle pace as the weather allows but for the most part June will most likely be a little less intense than what I put myself through over the last month as I endeavoured to Make May Count. To be honest I am looking forward to the slower pace but am rather pleased with all I have achieved.
- I made garden art in the form of concrete encased beach balls.
- With Hubby the Un-Gardener, we built a wall and created a nook, although there is still some work to be done.
- I knuckled down and got a mountain of computer gardening done.
- I was able to go garden shopping and picked up loads of things for projects that have now. been completed, are still on the go or are still in my head.
- I learnt boiled peanuts were a thing and whipped up a batch.
- I made a garden sieve. I need to make more with different sizes.
- I went to the Chelsea Flower Show – I really wasn’t expecting to do that.
- I processed all of my peppers in a way that was unique to each variety and bought out the best of them.
- I celebrated the garden’s 2nd It does feel a little odd to think this June is the 3rd June in the garden. The time as gone so fast.
- I planted my garlic and sowed my onion seeds. The garlic is already looking good.
- We picnicked on the beach in the last of the autumnal warmth.
- I enjoyed unseasonal sunflowers that self-seeded in my garden.
- Plants large and small were repotted into bigger pots.
- My popcorn finally made it into the kitchen and has already accompanied a few movies.
- I spent an entire day weeding during a power cut. The power people inform us there will be more in June so I guess that will mean more weeding….
- The lime tree I saved from my own neglect now has pride of place on my deck and is doing well.
- My winter brassicas were planted out and are now well on the way to a good harvest later in the season.
- I have created an army of lupin plants for my mulch plantation. I have seen my dream shredder and so aside from a few dollars and some rapid growth from the lupins my mulch plans are within sight.
- I’ve grown some flax plants from seed to form part of our native planting wind break that has yet to be begun.
- I found time to read some gardening books that I’ve been meaning to get to. I’m hoping for more of that this season.
- I saved thousands of photos across to a safe spot, as our dodgy internet prevents it from the safe protection within the cloud.
I think it is safe to say I achieved my goal and Made May Count and I can look back at a month well spent. The bar has been set high for next year. Gosh I wonder what next May will look like in the garden.
But for now, I’m going to put my feet up just a little and enjoy the slower season.
Come again soon – there will still be gardening to do and tales to tell.
Sarah the Gardener : o)
NB: You can catch up on all of these projects and achievements my checking out all of the blog posts I made during the Month of May.