From: L'agriculture et maison rustique, Charles Estienne (Rouen, 1658).
The works that the laborer should do for each month of the year.
In May water the newly planted trees, shear the sheep, refill the wines, amass great quantities of butter, and make strong cheese, castrate the calf, begin to take care of the honey bees, and silk worms, which will increase in number.
Weed the wheat, and hoe the vines for the second time, your shoes on the neighboring ground, so that the heat does not offend them, while clearing all the branches and overgrowth which have no fruit.
Clear the unnecessary twigs from the trees, graft the olive trees that need buds grafted and covered.