It Keeps Growing, and Growing…

Plants are thriving at the TJ Demo Garden. While copious amounts of rain this spring have made it difficult to get as much done in the garden as we would like, the plants that are already in place seem to welcome the drink.

'Hopi Dye' sunflowers (Helianthus annuus).

We experimented with starting sunflower seeds indoors in March and also direct-sowed a batch in early May. Currently, the ones planted indoors are taking the lead, but it will be interesting to see which ones turn out best in the end.

Jerusalem artichokes (Helianthus tuberosus).

The Jerusalem artichokes pictured above are the same genus as sunflowers, which will become more apparent when they flower. See this post for a photo of the Jerusalem artichoke tubers before planting.

Between downpours, we managed to sow seeds of cotton, peanuts, sesame, and flax.

Check out the fuzzy 'Nankeen' cotton seeds (Gossypium hirsutum)!

The weeds have also been happy with all of the rain, so many of the beds that we created early on needed to be weeded and re-composted. Below, Jim shows Joseph, a Hereford summer intern, how to use the small tiller designed and donated by Eliot Coleman. The tiller is powered by an electric drill and does a wonderful job. After weeding and tilling, two beds were ready for the flax seed to be sown–thanks, Joseph!!

Tilling, the Eliot Coleman way.

Please join us for our next workday on Tuesday, May 24th, from 8:30am-noon. And check back soon to meet our summer interns!

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