Yesterday, I shared pictures of half my garden beds and how they’re growing. If you missed the first half of my pictures, you can view Part 1. Now, for pictures of the second half of my garden. How My Garden Grows in May!
It’s been potato mania on my homestead lately. I’ve been buying a lot of potatoes the past two weeks because I’ve been getting some decent deals, so there have been quite a few meals with potatoes on the plate. I’ve had dozens of seed potatoes growing eyes in paper bags in my kitchen – potatoes I’ll be planting this weekend. With all these potatoes on my mind — and because it’s potato planting season in Zone 8 – I thought this was a good time to Spotlight potatoes.
It’s been only three weeks since I planted my spring crops, and the fight has already begun. I’m battling slugs, fire ants, and flea beetles! Plus, I’m already seeing some signs of a nutrient deficiency in several of my plants. I’m unsure if it’s a problem with magnesium or iron. Looks like I need to call Clemson University’s co-op for more insight. However, there is a bright side! Plants are growing and buds are opening in my garden – like the Black Krim tomato flower in the picture above. See more!
The temperatures have been in the mid to upper 70s all week here at Sanctuary Garden, and we had over an inch of rain. The warm temperatures and the soaking rain have caused my garden to sprout in almost every bed within a few days! And, as you can see in the picture above, my strawberries are ripening. I’m already eating some for breakfast. They melted in my mouth with sugary sweetness. Incredible! Come see what else is happening in my garden!
Yes, that is ice in that picture! We experienced some real winter here at my Sanctuary Garden last night! I went to bed with a small dusting of snow on my car and woke up to ice in my water buckets! Not a big deal for this Yankee, but I was concerned for my plants. Unfortunately, I lost the asparagus again. It was so cold, that even under the covering, my new batch of asparagus spears froze. However, everything else in the garden is looking pretty good. Take a look!
The day finally arrived. It was potato planting day here in my garden. We have a short window for planting potatoes in the Charleston, SC area – from February 1 through February 15 – so I wanted to get those spuds in the ground on the first day. If you’ve never considered planting potatoes, take a second look. It’s easy and inexpensive, and you’ll harvest pounds and pounds of buttery goodness. But wait, there’s more!
The holidays are over and winter is in full swing. But here in Charleston, SC, it’s time to plant our winter gardens! Ready to get started on your 2013 garden? Wondering what you can plant now?
Go to the Calendar tab above, and you’ll see all the wonderful vegetables you can grow before the spring season.
This calendar will be updated regularly with local gardening events and seasonal planting schedules, so come back often to keep abreast of all that’s happening in the Lowcountry’s gardens.