Swéete April showers, Doo spring Maie flowers

Swéete April showers, Doo spring Maie flowers

We’ve grown up hearing it and many of us don’t know where the saying came from I’m sure, I know I didn’t until I went down the rabbit hole of the blogosphere.

Thomas Tusser was an English poet and farmer that had his instructional poem Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry published in 1557.

After a period of discomfort for some; lengthy rainy periods bring forth a period of happiness and joy in the stunning colors and varieties of flowers that burst out of nature’s bed. Plant some lily of the valley, which is May’s flower and was also favored by Kate Middleton in her wedding bouquet.

Nurseries abound with the hustle; bustle and excitement of people looking forward to the sun warming their skin and encouraging growth of newly planted flowers and vegetables.

There’s nothing more exciting then the burst of flavor from homegrown tomatoes. The varieties are endless and the flavor of homegrown ones makes a dish so much more memorable.

We are big fans of growing squashes because they are just so easy to grow, tomatoes and basil (don’t plant your basil until the first full moon in June; more on that in a later)

We’ve readied our raised beds, brought in horse manure and leaf mulch and planted our first tomato plants of the season this last weekend. Seasonally we seem to be somewhat behind this year, so we build some glass greenhouse covers for our lovely tomatoes until the weather warms a tad more.

What are your favorite things to plant? Do the kids or your husband help out in the garden or are you a lone ranger?

Excited about your vegetable garden? For more detailed information check out http://www.almanac.com/gardening/planting-dates/BC/Victoria

“April showers bring May flowers” is a lesson in patience, and one that remains valid to this day.