My Garden in May

What they say is true, “April showers bring May flowers.”

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/15sec, ISO 200, focal length 17mm, evaluative metering

As you can see, a view from my deck the garden is not that big. I have a string bean trellis in the back and next to it is the herb garden.  I have two green A-Frames for my cucumber plants sitting side by side, and a grape trellis on the right hand side next to the fence. It was cloudy and not enough lighting, I had to shoot many photos with ISO 800.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 800, focal length 20mm, evaluative metering

I only planted one banana tree this year.  This one is from last year and I kept it inside the garage during the winter months.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 800, focal length 40mm, closeup cropped, evaluative metering

My homemade organic insecticides works to a certain extent.  I have to check on the young plants very often and spray the mixed almost daily but my Thai eggplants still get attacked by the tiny little black bugs.  I haven’t seen them in the last few days, and it might be that it has been raining and they had to take cover or probably drowned by now.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/50sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

Only 2 of Lee’s string beans came up, so I planted a few more last week and they finally came up.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 400, focal length 29mm, evaluative metering

The yellow mustard flowers brighten the garden.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 800, focal length 37mm, evaluative metering

The tomato plants that I purchased from the local nursery look very healthy.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/160sec, ISO 800, focal length 29mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/40sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

I also purchased the pickling cucumber plants that day.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

It’s nice to be able to pick my own strawberry, even though they are not as big as store bought but they are homegrown and organic.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/13sec, ISO 800, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

The grapes that I planted last year look more promising this year.  They will be climbing the trellis in no time.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/160sec, ISO 800, focal length 29mm, evaluative metering

I planted these cabbages in early spring.  They are doing a lot better than I thought and I have to spot check them daily for any green worm.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 400, focal length 39mm, evaluative metering

A friend sent me a seed pack of Brussels Sprout and they finally came up.  I’ll wait a week or so before I start to thinning them out, the seeds are so tiny and I dropped too many in the row.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 400, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

These are my dad’s Thai chili pepper plants and I have some that came up from last year’s seeds. They are a hardy plant and stay healthy even during the dry season.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 800, focal length 35mm, evaluative metering

I planted the Thai and Sweet Basil near the cucumbers this year.  Bo dug several deep holes for me and I filled them backup with top soil.  At first I thought about planting them in pots but I think this will work better, plus I didn’t have to spend money on the pots.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 400, focal length 36mm, evaluative metering

I have over grown mints and parsley in my herb garden.  They grow a lot faster than I could harvest.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 800, focal length 40mm, cropped, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/100sec, ISO 800, focal length 36mm, evaluative metering

I didn’t have much luck growing the Sawtooth Coriander in the past and these are from Bo’s mom, so far they look healthy.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/60sec, ISO 800, focal length 30mm, evaluative metering

The Rosemary is an evergreen and stays pretty all year round.  The one that I have survived 2 winters already, I seldom cook with them but thinking about planting more since they are so pretty and a hardy plant also.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 800, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

I thought I would plant the lemongrass in pots and decided in the last minute to plant them in a small raised bed that I planted the basil last year.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/80sec, ISO 800, focal length 22mm, evaluative metering

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 800, focal length 40mm, evaluative metering

The flower above I got from PaNoy’s garden, and also the Pennyworth plants below.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO 800, focal length 37mm, evaluative metering

14 thoughts on “My Garden in May

  1. What a lovely garden, Nye. It feels like you took us for a walk through all the spring plants. I am going outside in a few minutes to help my husband in our garden. We are just getting ready to plant onions and lettuces. You are far ahead of us!

    • Hi Kathy, the weather here is very mild and it feels like Summer now. I’m glad I was able to plant the garden in early Spring, Summer and late Fall. I can’t wait to pick my first cucumber. 🙂

    • Thanks kamee, the pictures do look a lot better than my garden. You made me feel so guilty after reading your comment, I went out and work some more in my garden. It’s looking a lot better now. 🙂

  2. Nye,
    Your garden looks fantastic. Just looking at it reminded me of so many of foods can be cook or use as condiment. Tum fresh long green beans with fresh pick tomatoe. That green cabbage can be use for fresh spring roll or with kao poon accompy with the fresh green mint, fresh chilli pepper and even Lee strawberry look sweet and juicy. Yummy 🙂

    • salalao, it’s nice to have a kitchen garden, I’m enjoying fresh herbs and vegetables now. I’m planting more Thai basil this year, I love to cook with it and can’t wait to pick the cucumbers and string beans. Lee strawberry is sweet and juicy, they bear a lot more fruits this year.

    • Hi Geni, I tend to my garden more this year and so far the plants are very healthy except for the Thai eggplants. The garden is a relaxing place for me, also a light workout. 🙂

  3. Everything is just coming up green!

    I do wonder how big Brussel’s sprouts will get in your area. They are one of my favorite veggies.

    As for the Thai eggplants, I’ve seen my mom cut small plastic soda bottles and use it to protect the plants. It’s worked against bugs and also to keep it insulated.

    • Cambree, I didn’t even do that when I first planted them and we had some cold nights. I think that’s why they looked kind of yellow in the picture but they look a lot better now. The black bugs are a real problem, I’ll tell my dad about the soda bottle, his plants are big now, not sure if he could still cover them.

      As for the Brussel’s sprouts it might not be the right season, I’ll plant them again in late Summer for the Fall. I’d love to see what the plant looks like.

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