Garden Journal: Week of 10/10

Hey, garden guys and gals!

Due to last weeks rampant rain (3 days straight!) our garden paths were in a bit of disrepair. Thus, our first duty Saturday morning was to rake the mulch into more evenly distributed walkways.

Garlic has been planted just in time to ward off the Halloween vampires! We planted the garlic in the bed that formerly held Joseph’s Coat, and before we could begin, we had to turn under dozens of Joseph’s Coat seedlings (sorry, little buddies!).

Joseph's Coat seedlings in the soon-to-be garlic bed!

Garlic for planting.

Quincunx arrangement of garlic.

Notice the pattern of distribution. That design was originally used in military formations, thus has the Roman name quincunx. The plant may be for warding off vampires, but after the cloves were buried and the sign installed, the bed looked rather like a fresh burial mound!

An amazing interruption from quotidian garden tasks was the event of an assassin bug living up to its name on a sweet little lady bug! Its razor sharp mo-hawk is some impressive armor!

The Assasin bug overwhelms its prey atop a corn stalk!

Saturday morning, we also sowed some rye seeds in a former buckwheat bed. Jefferson recommended rotating both rye and buckwheat into fields to improve soil.

Rye seeds. We ate a few, and they were surprisingly bland.

Also, our maypops have finally ripened and are beautifully aromatic! While the tropical passionflower fruit is bright orange, our distantly related maypops have remained green since they first appeared back in August.

Green maypops--tasty treats!

The way to tell if they’re ripe is if the fruit pod is soft to the touch and the aroma is sweet and strong. Inside are mucous-covered seeds that are unusually crunchy and delicious!

Rachael pulled flax for retting, a long process during which a plant’s outer tissues decompose, exposing its inner fibers. Students in this semester’s short course will examine the plant’s progress next Tuesday during the second useful plants workshop on plant-based textiles.

Cold weather, here we come!

~Lily

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