Wordless Wednesday: May

May is here and the garden begins to show signs of fruit. Flowers have been going off since April, but now is the time for summer fruits and veggies to jump into action. A few simple actions can help your garden prosper this spring/summer and even next spring.

Fresh strawberries from everbearing plants. We love Seascapes! Feed with kelp emulsion every two weeks.

Fresh strawberries from everbearing plants. We love Seascapes! Feed with kelp emulsion every two weeks.

Rats have already started eating our Turkish Red wheat. We've set traps and sprayed Squirrel Away to see if that helps.

Rats have already started eating our Turkish Red wheat. We’ve set traps and sprayed Squirrel Away to see if that helps.

Our garlic harvest cures on trays. We pulled them to make room for tomatoes. Soon we'll braid these bulbs and hang them in the kitchen.

Our garlic harvest cures on trays. We pulled them to make room for tomatoes. Soon we’ll braid these bulbs (after 4-5 weeks) and hang them in the kitchen.

Our first blackberries stake their claim in the sun. Tip pruning can encourage another crop in fall.

Our first blackberries stake their claim in the sun. Tip pruning can encourage another crop in fall.

Lauren's Grape poppies intertwine with a Fuji apple tree. We'll let the seeds scatter for more poppies next year.

Lauren’s Grape poppies intertwine with a Fuji apple tree. We’ll let the seeds scatter for more poppies next year.

We're letting a couple Winnetka Purple artichokes flower so we can save the seeds for the Seed Library of Los Angeles. Cilantro bolts to seed nearby, attracting good bugs to the garden. Volunteers are the best!

We’re letting a couple Winnetka Purple artichokes flower so we can save the seeds for the Seed Library of Los Angeles. Cilantro bolts to seed nearby, attracting good bugs to the garden. Volunteers are the best!

Finally a few tomatoes! This is a landrace tomato grown by a woman named Tess (we met at the Heirloom Expo). Tiny grape tomatoes on a tiny bush. We'll see how they turn out.

Finally a few tomatoes! This is a landrace tomato grown by a woman named Tess (we met at the Heirloom Expo). Tiny grape tomatoes on a tiny bush. We’ll see how they turn out.

Lettuce volunteers under a lawn chair. We're feeding a few leaves to the chickens each day from here

Lettuce volunteers under a lawn chair. We’re feeding a few leaves to the chickens each day from here.

Another volunteer - dill makes a beautiful flower and attracts beneficial insects to the garden. We'll toss the seeds into the corners to continue the tradition.

Another volunteer – dill makes a beautiful flower and attracts beneficial insects to the garden. We’ll toss the seeds into corners of the garden to continue the tradition.

Trumpet vine attracts hummingbirds and borage satisfies bees. All for the greater good, and our enjoyment.

Trumpet vine attracts hummingbirds and borage satisfies bees. All for the greater good, and our enjoyment. Let borage volunteer in spring to keep bees happy through May.

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