Wednesday, May 13, 2015

May 2015 Garden

      After exeriencing 90 degree day time temps and 70 for the low at night, I went outside to a very cool 60, this morning! Yes, it felt almost cold after all the heat and humidity we've had! I wanted to run back in the house and put on pants instead of shorts! But I found a nice, warm sunny spot to stand and watch the cheeps, as I call them. (Chicks) We just put them on the ground this week. I hope they adjust well to the cooler temps last night and this morning! They seem to be doing good. The warmer temps have affected the egg-laying, as I'm not getting as many eggs. So many factors in egg-laying!

      It hasn't rained in a couple of weeks. My garden really needs rain! I hope we get the rain predicted for the weekend, even though the girls will be here! Hopefully, the chicks will know what to do! They have a nice shelter and doghouse to get in. I've been hand watering the garden since there's been no rain. I've also added the compost tea to it. You would not believe how the veggies have grown! I wished I'd taken a before photo, but there are some now's below. 

      Since it's gotten hot and dry, now is the time to plant okra. Okra likes it that way! If it's too cool and wet, the okra won't come up. I'm going to plant some long okra a friend shared with me he grew last year. I hope the seeds are still viable. I'll know within a week if they are.

      After watching so many of John Kohler's videos, I've really been inspired about so many things! I'm so glad God led me to them! I have been composting daily; and now I'm adding the azomite. It came in yesterday. It's supposed to add minerals to the much depleted soil. I'm also adding alfalfa since kelp is not easily obtained in this area. Alfalfa is a good source of nitrogen and minerals. I plan on looking for kelp when we go to the beach. Maybe I'll be able to find a source there. Soon, I hope to obtain used coffee grounds from a local coffee shop. I'm also getting some worm castings from a gentleman who raises worms for a hobby. I hope to learn how to do that when I visit him. He and his wife seem so sweet!

      I planted spinach and swiss chard in a container yesterday. The reason I did that is so I can move the containers out of the blazing sun when it gets too hot. As you know, spinach will bolt. I think the chard can take it, but just to be on the safe side, I'll move it as well. A lot of the seeds I sowed in the ground have not come up. I looked at the packages and most of them are Ferry Morse seeds. That's what Walmart sells. Some are good, some are not. I decided I would order some seeds from this company: 
They should be here soon. Hopefully, you will check out this link and order some seeds! They are heirloom, non-gmo seeds! I can get 20 percent off my future orders when you order through this link. Then, you can do the same on your blog!

      Time has passed since I began writing this post and it has indeed warmed up outside and in! But the humidity is low! Whew, I'm thankful for that! The honeysuckle sure does smell good outside! I hope you are enjoying beautiful weather! How is your garden doing? Let me know in the comments! Have a great week! Blessings from Bama!

A fun way to blow lots of bubbles!

Cooking a chicken in the Sun Oven. It got cloudy so I had to finish it off inside.

My favorite yellow iris!

A beautiful, fragrant rose!

Love this purple iris!

Beautiful peony!

The wild rose is taking over!

Getting my 'boogie on' so my 'plants can dance'!

The okra I was telling you about.

Containers of swiss chard and spinach.

A nice row of squash.

I harvested spinach yesterday so it needs to grow back.

These are beets.

A row of green beans.

The tomatoes were small when I planted them, but after using boogie brew, they really took off!

They even have blooms!

I love how the potatoes are growing! I really need to cover them with more dirt!

A close-up of the potatoes.

Can you believe how they've grown? It's almost time to put them in with the big girls. I hope I can sell the three roosters that are lying on the ground!

These three are in with the previous ones and have grown tremendously as well. 

These are the babies. Some of them are turning out to be roosters even though the lady sold them to me as pullets. I'm ordering all pullets from a notable hatchery next time!



  1. Looks like a lot of nice things are happening 'round your place! Your garden looks terrific! Love homegrown beets! We've got our garden in too and have to hand-water each day. We're also experiencing temps similar to yours. I think we skipped Spring and went straight to the dog-days-of summer! Have a great day!

    1. Hi Lisa! Yes, there is so much going on this time of year and I love it! I miss reading your posts! I hope you write one soon! It has been really hot except for the past two days. The humidity was lower and made it feel cool! Blessings!

    2. Happened back by today..... awww thank you. I find I'm writing more and more at my creative blog Lisa's Carolina | Handmade rather than at Shady Grove Journal. At the end of those posts sometimes I 'talk' a little about what's going on with the garden or chickens. Have a good weekend! Blessings to you too!

    3. Oh Ok. I need to subscribe to that one so I can read about your garden and such! Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Busy time in deed. I love the flower pictures - nothing blooming like that yet up here - but soon! Yes, your "girls" are looking good. Have a great day

    1. Hi Jacky! Thanks! No flowers yet? Wow! At least, hopefully your snow is gone! Thank you! Blessings!

  3. I have not planted a garden this year and have not even done any container vegetables. They are just too hard to keep watered here. I will save my veggie growing for when we have our own place. I believe I will have several roosters to butcher along with the meat birds this year. I did get a very good pick of chicks and ended up with 6 or 7 :(

    1. Hi Becky! I don't blame you for not planting a garden! I understand about the watering! I hope you have a new place soon! I wished we could butcher our roosters! We need to try that sometime, as I have a hard time getting rid of them. Blessings!


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