May and June would be our hungry months, here. The potatoes have all sprouted, and while they are technically edible, they are bitter. The onions are gone, and we’re out of salsa. We’re down to just a couple of spaghetti squash, and even they are starting to soften. Of course, we would still have grain and dry legumes if we were living strictly off what we could grow and store, and there are wild greens (like dandelion and nettle), rhubarb, and asparagus; however, it’d be a pretty limited diet around here for the month or so until the peas and new potatoes are ready. However, having said that, the chickens are laying like mad, and I could have been milking the goats, had I not decided it was not worth it when I was in late pregnancy and/or dealing with a newborn.
In the garden, the peas are up a hand’s width, but nowhere near bearing. The lettuce and spinach that is up by the house (and therefore getting watered occasionally) is at the ‘baby spinach’ stage, but there is not enough of it for more than a few salads, just yet. The stuff out in the garden is barely up. The early potatoes are up, too, as are the early carrots and beets, but they are just tiny yet. The June bearing strawberries are blooming, but berries are still a little ways off. We should have planted corn and such last week, but with all the work to be done in the house before company arrives (tomorrow) and baby arrives (theoretically next week), the garden has taken a back seat. Hopefully we’ll be able to get to it before baby comes, at least.
All in all, I’d say the root cellar experiment was a success. Next year, we’ll try to manage the humidity better for the carrots and turnips, and hopefully will be able to get them to last longer. We’ll also store fewer potatoes, as we did not even come close to eating what we had, and they can’t be fed directly to the livestock (they need to be peeled and cooked first, or they’re not very good for them). We’ve planted more onions, in an effort not to run out this year, and lots of tomatoes for salsa.