May is a month of promise in the vegetable garden. Seed of cantaloupe, honeydew melon, cucumbers, zucchini and squash have been sown, and this week corn and beans will be planted as the crescent moon waxes. Does planting by the moon really work? For millennia, people who depended on farming for survival have been following the practice based on careful observation. Rather than point to mysticism, we point to principles governed by the Creator; just as the moon affects tides, it seems to affect seed germination for good.
This is a single head of leaf lettuce 'Salad Bowl' that we planted last September. The funny thing is, after a fall harvest, we thought winter cold killed it, and attempted to till it under to make way for the peas you see behind Bryan in the picture; but it didn't die, it came back - with a vengeance! Despite the challenges of gardening in a new location, it's good to know that some things are a success. Raspberries are in bloom, strawberries are in season, and we are looking forward to a great blueberry crop in a month!