Garden Journal : Week of 6/13

Erica reporting in–there’s been a flurry of activity at the garden this past week!

The week began responding to some damage from the thunderstorms and high winds that occurred over the weekend (6/11 and 6/12).  We lost some sunflower stalks, but were able to stake and support the remainder of the sunflowers.

Helianthus triage

They’re now back to their full upright position – we’ve even got two on the verge of blooming!

Sunflower gettin' ready to bloom!

During our weekly Tuesday workday, we constructed and prepared beds for the soon-to-arrive hops (Humulus americanus, H.lupulus) and passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), extended the sesame (Sesamum indicum) and onion (Allium cepa) beds, and planted the indigo (Indigofera tinctoria), swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), and cover crops of red clover (Trifolium pratense) & buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum).

Lily getting ready to plant some beautiful buckwheat seeds.

We’ve also continued work on grading and mulching the paths and the garden is looking really sharp!

Looking north, towards the peanut room. Guide lines have been set up to assist in alignment and the reestablishment of crisp bed and path lines.

The cotton and peanuts that we planted last week are growing quite rapidly and are looking great, the lima beans continue to grow what appear to be inches each day, and the buckwheat has shot right up, covering our one currently fallow bed.  We also have some new flowers to delight in:

Newly in bloom:

Nutmeg plant (Nigella sativa)

Peanut (Arachis hypogaea)--check out that beatiful little yellow blossom!

Continuing to bloom:

Heartsease (Viola tricolor) in the foreground and Calendula (Calendula officinalis) in the background.

This coming week, we plan to plant the hops, passionflower, more indian physic, and to assist the growth of our corn with a tried and true traditional method! To learn more or to help out, come on by the garden for our weekly Tuesday work day from 8-12!

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