May is always the very end of our summer harvest. Once we get a big frost, any summer plants that are left in the garden die. The work of the garden drops back, and we get some of the other jobs around the farm completed.
Before the frost came, we did get a few last tomatoes, along with capsicums, and chillies. I strung the chillies on some fishing line, and hung them up to dry for a few weeks. Once they are dry, I will make our own chilli flakes with them.
We have started harvesting the sprouting broccoli (delicious) and kale (also yummy), and there are plenty of carrots in the ground which we go out and pick as we need them. The cabbages, and cauliflowers are coming along well, and it won’t be long till we start harvesting them too!
The rhubarb is over grown, and I have been meaning to go out and pick a big lot of it to make jam with. Time permitting! There is also plenty of silver beet, chives, and parsley, and I often take a bunch to work to use with my students. The parsley took a good beating several times when the chickens got in the yard (some child forgot to close the gate…), but it seems to have rallied now!
Much of the planting has already happened before the soil gets too cold, however, Country Boy still has to put in a few more rows of onions in the next few weeks.
CB has also planted out several rows of broad beans. We are already looking forward to broad beans on toast next spring. They need to get a little bigger first though…
The long vegetable bed on the western side has mostly been cleaned out now, though there are the brassicas down one end. Country Boy has planted a green manure crop when the corn was over the summer to renew the soil, and has mulched much of the other areas to give the soil a rest for a little while.
Things to do in June.
As I said before, it really is the quietest time of year in the garden. There is a little more clearing of the beds to do, as well some mulching, and some more onions to plant. No doubt then, it will soon be time to start planning the spring garden. These things come around so fast.
I’m joining the Garden Share Collective with a round up of what’s happening in my garden.