We’re officially half way through the month of May and the garden is starting to look like a garden. The weeds are still in ample supply, but our rows of rhubarb, garlic, onions, radishes, lettuce and spinach are looking good. I love peeking out the window from my upstairs bedroom at the neat rows of green taking shape.

This week has been unseasonably HOT. It goes against everything I stand for as a money saver and Michigander to turn on the air conditioner before July so we’re suffering through this 87+ degree heat and humidity by going to bed with wet hair and sleeping in our undies.


Tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, bush beans, arugula and squash are in the ground. We planted ten more asparagus crowns for a total of 15 to pop up next spring. I stuck a few horseradish plants in the dirt, too. I’ll figure out exactly what I’m going to do with it later (ferment it, I’m sure). I still have a few hot weather plants (peppers + watermelon) on the front porch to cook a little longer before putting them in their forever homes, but my front window is officially free of plant life once again (insert hubby’s happy dance here).

It’s been a challenge caring for a newborn while getting the garden going. I’ve done everything at warp speed during her morning naps. I also found out that the LLL says it’s totally cool to have a small cup of coffee and glass wine per day while breastfeeding. Score one for mama! (Note: I don’t drink coffee or wine every day. I’ll save that for when they’re teenagers.)

If you’re wondering what to tackle this month, take a peek at my column on page 17 of The Good Newspaper. Now’s the time to make sure your soil is well cared for, that your summer flowers are in the ground, and that any plants that need supports have it in place or ready to roll.

I’m looking forward to next week’s cooler temps. This heat is for the snowbirds (and this chick isn’t one).

Happy gardening!

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