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May's Shopping Plans

 Apricots in White Garden The Prudent Homemaker

 

I awoke shortly after 4 a.m. to the sound of pouring rain.

Rain is very rare here, and when it does rain, it is usually so gentle and short as to only last 30 seconds. Pouring rain is unusual, and even more so in May!

I got up and closed the windows, went outside and into the garage and turned the drip irrigation and sprinklers off.

It's a beautiful May Day here, with cooler weather than usual thanks to the rain and clouds. We'll be back to 95° and even 98°(37°C) next week, but for four days this week, we are enjoying cooler temperatures.

The apricots will be ripe in my garden soon. I have two kinds of apricots: Katy and Royal (a.k.a. Royal Blenheim). Katy is generally ripe 3-4 weeks sooner than Royal, but wind and cold made it so only a few branches ripened on the tree, and then the rest of the Katy tree bloomed a month later. Whether they all ripen at once is yet to be seen. Katy usually ripens at the beginning of May and Royal towards the end of the month.

Blackberries 2 The Prudent Homemaker

Our blackberries will also be ripe in the garden this month.

In years past, we have also harvested peaches in May. As our tree was dying last year, we took it out. It will be a few years before we have peaches ripe in May again.

I am harvesting oregano, parsley, garlic chives, and green onions from the garden this month. I am also harvesting lettuce, spinach, and Swiss chard.

 

I plan on purchasing the following items this month:

 

Sam's Club:

Olive oil (3-liter bottle)

Mozzarella cheese (5-pound bag)

Powdered sugar (7-pound bag)

Brown sugar (7-pound bag)

Best Foods Mayonnaise (1-gallon)

Gatorade powder (We keep this on hand for when someone is sick, and as we had several people with flu earlier this year, it's time to replenish it).

Aveeno Body Lotion

 

Winco:

La Victoria salsa (using $1 off coupon) 

Flour tortillas

Sour cream

Potatoes

Vegetable Oil

 

Target:

Suave shampoo (using 2 $1 off coupons)

 

I'll spend the rest of our $200 monthly budget on fresh produce and meat that I find on sale this month. 

 

Here is a month of typical spring meals in our house.

 

What are your grocery shopping plans this month?

 

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  • Melissa V May 02, 2018

    What is a "scree garden"?

  • Ellie’s friend from Canada May 02, 2018

    Hi Melissa, in the mountains loose gravel the rock is called scree. What I have done is taken a dark gray rock bigger than Pea gravel But not that big even so. The rock I used is not round but angular. So when one walks on it, the chips interlock and don’t roll down the slope into the grass. The rock are used is called Rundle rock after a mountain in the Canadian Rockies from which it comes. It is a rock garden without big rocks. It is on a sunny Boulevard where there was always problems growing grass, in part because of the neighborhood dogs. Also because of weeds . The plants I grow between the chips like heat and do not need a lot of water. Because they are Alpine plants, with a couple of exceptions, they are very hardy. The word scree is defined as a mass of small loose stones that form or cover a Slope on a mountain. It is also a slope covered with small loose stones. Hikers and mountain climbers do ‘scrambles’ Across scree. Another word or term for scree is talus. Scree originates from an old English word meaning to slip and before the old English word, an old Norse word. My Rundle rock chips are about the same size as the rocks that are used for the base of playgrounds. They would not hurt anybody where somebody to slip on them. I could not and did not want to use large rock garden rocks as it is a city Boulevard. I would have done it years ago because everyone now thinks of it as a flower bed And when they are passing they keep their dogs under control. Most of the Alpine plans I have are not liked by deer or snowshoe hares So that increases the chances of the plant survival. I myself would not really like to scramble over scree on a slope or in the mountains as I am sure I would lose my balance and probably get injured but some hikers do Scramble across. The word scree has a very obscene urban meaning which I won’t go into. I greatly appreciate the advice of one of my Rockgardener friends Who advised me to get the angular chips as Opposed to round ones because they do stay in place very well especially if after having been laid they are walked across. I hope that answers your question about what is a scree garden. I am especially happy because one of the plants, a type of red Penstemon, Found in Prairie Meadows has survived. We had a terrible winter so I wasn’t sure if it would survive but it is beloved by hummingbirds. I have really enjoyed seeing Brandys photo of the hummingbirds in the nest.

  • Melissa V May 04, 2018

    THANK YOU! I love the idea of that type of garden for sloped areas. I don't have any spot this would work here and the stone make-up is mostly gravel, followed by a layer of 6 to 12+ inch rocks followed by the beautiful, silky sand that is in demand for glass making. So my rock gardens are made with the rock I have available to work with - I got quite a pile going from digging out my garden areas.

  • Ellie's friend May 04, 2018

    Hi Melissa,

    You could of course combine a scree garden with a more traditional rock garden. Your sand sounds wonderful! What do you grow in your rock garden? Although scree implies a slope, you could do it on a flat area – then it might resemble your gravel bed. Sorry for the duplication but I thought the first reply did not go though. Ann

  • Ellie’s friend from Canada May 03, 2018

    Melissa,
    The word scree means a slope covered with small loose rocks. So my scree garden is a rock garden but without big rocks. Instead, I used angular rock chips. This was better than using gravel as gravel is round. The angular rock chips interlock and stay in place and do not roll off the garden into the lawn. I used a local Rock called Rundle rock which is a dark color. When wet it looks like loam. The Alpine flowers that I have planted there are hardy Perennials that do not need much if any water. I chose to design the garden this way because it is on a city Boulevard. I could not use large rocks and the chips are the same size as those used in playgrounds. Mine is on a gentle slope at the interlocking rocks in sure that they stay in place.

  • Margie from Toronto May 02, 2018

    I hope you are safe from flooding in your area - that now seems to be the worry further east! It has been nice to be outside without even needing a sweater these past two days. I hope that you are continuing to heal and that you are managing things at home.

  • Ellie’s friend from Canada May 03, 2018

    Hi Margie

    Cast just came off! Feeling a bit traumatized. Don’t know why! My Physio is coming in about 2 hours. Won’t be able to lift anything heavy for awhile. Calgary is ok re flooding so far but it all depends if there’s heavy rain when snowpack in mountains melts. A lot of overlanf flooding southern part of province. Sad about New Brunswick flooding.

    Am waiting to go home to enjoy the most beautiful day and watch butterflies. Rain tomorrow Ann

  • Annaliese May 02, 2018

    Grocery bill will be mostly fresh veggies, fruits and meat since we are trying to lose weight at our house. Hopefully can find good prices on all three to put up either by means of freezer or dehydrator. Last month I stocked up on baking needs so pantry is full. Plus some of the budget will go for getting garden in next week= seeds, potting soil and seedlings. Decided to only do green beans, several types of tomatoes, green peppers and herbs this year. Looking forward to a "double coupon" event at store over the weekend to get free stuff.

  • Melonie K. May 02, 2018

    I did most of my May shop on Monday - we added to the pantry veggies (just basics of corn, green beans, and sweet peas) and diced tomatoes/sauce/paste. Picked up some perishables. Ordered oatmeal in bulk for my husband and picked up a couple of pounds of couscous at the food co-op. Ordered a bag of dog food as I rotated a bag out of storage for her over the weekend. I'm thinking May is going to be a pantry challenge and no spend month for me. We are under a certain point on husband's car note and I'm super excited - really wanting to get it paid off by the end of the year, so each chunk I can divert to it from other things makes me cheer! Hoping you all find great deals on the things on your lists! :)

  • Marybeth May 03, 2018

    Good luck on paying off the car early.

  • Jean May 02, 2018

    We are mostly stocking up on produce, I am down to a carrot, a few potatoes and two old apples. I really am trying to have zero waste and am doing good on that, but it has been some slim pickings this last week. Strawberries will be at the top of my list, as they are coming in and my husband loves jam!

    May is a big month for getting things in the garden, here in NC. I have got lettuce, kale, radishes, beets, chard coming in, and beans, and cubes planted. Now to get tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and cantaloupe planted.

  • Juls Owings May 02, 2018

    Milk... maybe flour tortillas... Not much... I harvest enough asparagus for a meal for the 2 of us from 209..Rhubarb will be ready this weekend. Didn't plant anything with the way we were getting snow and freezes.

    My aunt that my parents raised (she's like an older sister to my brother as I'm 25 yrs younger than her and 10 yrs younger than my brother) died this morning so I know of at least 2 days of meals out.. Daddy turns 91 tomorrow and we will celebrate it at the nursing home with him, he doesn't understand why his "daughter " had to die while he is still here. This is one time I hope his dementia kicks in and he forgets it at least for tomorrow.

  • Jenifer May 02, 2018

    Juls, I am sorry for your families loss.

  • Marybeth May 03, 2018

    I'm sorry for your loss.

  • Cindy in the South May 03, 2018

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Mary May 03, 2018

    I am sorry to hear of your Aunt’s passing.

  • Ellie’s friend from Canada May 03, 2018

    Sorry for your loss. Ann

  • Pat May 03, 2018

    Losing someone you love is so hard. Prayers and hugs to you and your family!!

  • mmckms May 03, 2018

    I am so sorry, I worked with Dementia patients for years and I was always touched by what their mind let them remember.
    I also was going to mention I used to buy flour tortillas, and I found a recipe on Pinterest and it was so easy and tasted so much better. When life slows down a little bit you may want to try it instead of buying them.

  • Athanasia May 05, 2018

    Juls, I am sorry to hear about your aunt. I pray your father is able to remember all the good and not dwell on the sad.

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