It's time to plant and what a wonderful time it is. It's such a beautiful day for gardening. The morning light coming from the window wakes us to cool morning springtime air. It's such a draw to the out of doors. Hot coffee. Sierra morning light. Plants waiting to be planted. You can feel the day's warmth beginning. The unstable weather is exciting. May is that way.
These containers are on a backyard deck that receives excellent sun throughout the growing season. The larger pots are tomato and eggplant sized capacity for over twenty plants. The smaller containers in the background are pepper sized, enough for sixteen different type peppers. Tomatoes and peppers combine for a traditional recipe, tending enough plants to fulfill the famous Barbarella's Hot Pepper Salsa (12 out of fourteen peppers picked randomly, fresh off the plants. That combined with cilantro and any number of some twenty different tomato types, enough to temper the peppers and achieve the perfect hotness).
With new soil comes the question of water. Watering routines begin to be revived in May. Late autumn and over winter, watering had ceased, but now the warm winds are blowing and it's time to take an assessment of your garden's water needs. The air can turn hot and dry in May, so check the soil. It might be time to start a regulated watering schedule.
Garden vegetables to plant in May include beans, beets, brocolli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, collards, kale, leeks, lettuce, peas, potatoes, radishes, onions. Most herbs can be potted in May as well. Oh and don't forget to process and rededicate compost production.
Each year Drycreek offers great vegetables, and to elaborate on the list above, Drycreek supplies Reno backyard gardens with delicious Wala Wala Onion sets. There are at least fifty little onions in each set, ready to grow. One or two sets will insure great tasting onions all summer long, into autumn and winter. It's a great feeling to be able to offer home grown, freshly picked onions to the visiting summer chef. Definitely, growing your own food conjures up a feeling of being in place, where plants you tend give back nourishment, besides pure beauty, bringing us closer to ourselves where the place of the self becomes the garden.