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The year, I’m going to share monthly gardening updates! I love looking at the progress and keeping a gardening record helps me learn what works and what doesn’t.

I was actually a bit neglectful of my garden in May. It was raining almost all of the time and it’s hard to get digging with a mobile baby on the loose. But I kept everything alive and planted a few more things–so I’m calling May a success. I can work on weeding and adding mulch any old time.

The most exciting thing by far to happen on the garden front was the appearance of these soon-to-be blackberries. I planted thornless blackberry vines two years ago and I can’t wait to finally get to eat from them.

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The blackberry vines are going a little crazy.

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A few of the pumpkin sprouts I planted in April, which came up in my compost, took root. They are looking good and beginning to flower, which is hopeful!

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One of three of Jonas’s sunflowers survived and is shooting skyward. We’re going to need to stake it soon.

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Most of the garden is in containers. Still waiting for the milkweed to germinate for the butterflies.

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Pretty sure the strawberries need to move somewhere sunnier.

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You can barely see them, but there are a few carrot greens poking up.

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And the two tomato plants are starting to get fruit.

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Growing romaine lettuce from scraps in water was working really well…until I forgot to change the water and some of them rotted. I’m starting over with new lettuce, but the one that survived that I planted is looking pretty pitiful.

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I never got around to staking the peas, so they are crawling over each other in desperation. Not sure what will come of them. I’m just going to let them do their thing.

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Last but not least: herbs. I think the results are in and only the lemon balm and chocolate mint are coming back this year. Time to buy more varieties to round out the herb garden.

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My basil held up really well near a sunny window inside, but at the end of May, it was finally warm enough join the rest of the plants.

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I planted some cat nip seeds, but I’m also going to add rosemary, sage, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, and chives.

Best in show still goes to the chocolate mint, which smells so very wonderful.

I have a few garden-related projects planned for June, so hopefully there will be most interesting things going on next update!


This year it’s my goal to complete 52 Projects. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain might venture into. They might be collaborative or independent. The point is to MAKE. I’m numbering in the order these projects are shared.

This is project 11 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1: Class Quilt / 2: Valentines with Eliza / 3: Crabitat / 4-7: Refinishing Our Hardwood Floors + Other Room Updates / 8:April Gardening / 9: Handprint and Footprint Butterfly Pots // 10: Ornate Frame with Clipped Photos.