Well, it’s May already. The root cellar is looking pretty bare, now, and we’ve been running out of frozen goods, too. The fruit, in particular, is all gone, and we’ve pulled up the last couple of bags of green peas to the top of the freezer, to be used up. Hubby has been rationing the salsa very, very carefully, and informs me that we *still* have three jars left. The canned goods are otherwise holding up well, though that will change as the weather gets warm and I start craving chilled canned pears and peaches. As it is, I have started my other late-spring ritual, of making (and drinking) gallons of home-made iced tea.
Amazingly, the potatoes are still entirely edible, even after more than seven months. They are starting to sprout a bit, but remain firm. The sprouting is just in time for early planting in the garden, and in a few weeks, we’ll plant our main crop from what is left in the root cellar. The onions are similarly in great shape, though we’re down to just a few golf-ball sized teeny-tinies that we’re really only keeping around to see how long they will last. The store-bought cabbages from last fall are still fine, as well, under the papery dried out leaves. There are a few spaghetti squash remaining, and they are in good shape, but all of the other squashes had to be eaten or disposed of a while back.
We have been planting the early seeds over the last couple of weeks. We got the peas in just in time for a long, cold rainy stretch, but a couple of days of warmer weather had them poking out of the ground. Those sunny days dried things up enough for us to get back in the garden and plant some broccoli, radishes, and spinach, as well as some short rows of carrots, potatoes, and beets for summertime eating; the main crops will be planted between the end of the month and the middle of June, to be maturing just as the fall weather turns cold. Of course, we had to race the rain again to get them in, and it’s been wet ever since. The onion sets arrived a day too late to plant (darn rain!), and are waiting on the kitchen table for a few days of drier weather. Meanwhile, I have started entirely too many tomatoes, peppers, melons, herbs, and such under the grow lights in my living room; I am always overly enthusiastic in my planting, but that’s okay. At least there will be plenty of tomatoes for salsa! We have been much more organized about planting and seed starting, and we’re hoping that getting things into the dirt in such good time will result in better crops this summer and fall. Weather permitting, of course!