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May 14, 2023
Spring unfolds to summer, May’s second half
May’s second half has so much potential for new plantings and harvests. No dig makes it easier because as gross speeds up, we have less time to deal with weeds. And if you have been keeping up with removing the odd few perennials, and hoeing new germinations when they’re very small, this should not be too difficult.
It’s an exciting time. And my Spacings video has ideas for inter-planting.
As with the word weeds, this is a relative term description. For most of us however, slugs can be highly destructive and my recommendation is to reduce any places where they can hide in dry conditions. That becomes the base, for foraging in the Dumpert conditions at night.
I have noticed some slug damage, for example to the turnips below. I had harvested one of the four and there was a slug in the hole. See my webpage about coping with slugs. The second photo has radish with leaves eaten by flea beetles, even though they were growing under mesh. That cover is quite old and had too many holes. Flea beetles love small brassica leaves. That’s why I do not sow any salad rocket, mizuna or pak choi until August.