Garden Journal: July 16, 2012

 Hi garden enthusiasts!

This week we are going to make a big move in the garden, like pruning the branches, supporting the overheight plants with bamboos, irrigating with fertilizers and repellants and thankfully, got some mature garlic home to make my pickled garlic. Sounds it is a busy week but we enjoy every challenging moment of it as always.
First, for the reason to encourage the growth of side branches, we pruned the wormwood and southernwood down from 5 feet to almost 2 feet height. This move, on one way can help the plants grow horizontally and then might be turn out to be a perfect round shape as a hedge ball; one the other way, can leave more space for  passages who might feel more comfortable to stop by and seat on the outdoor chairs which opposite to the plants. Also, the left branches will be bundled so as to easilier be overhung up the trees until they fully dry out that it can be used as an organic repellant because of its strong smell.


Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium);
Southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum)

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium);
Southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum)



Second, we had interpolated some plastic pipes in the ground as temporary support purpose. Like I mentioned two weeks ago, I have been sketching with the plant supports design, which are now under Lily’s inspection, so I think a possible scheme of it will be coming soon and be practiced in the following week. 

Corn (Zea mays)

Third, some wilted yellow leaves coming up in some plants and the main stems of the indigo are eaten by certain wild animals, so we used fertilizer and repellant to avoid this situation happen again. We are not sure those stuff are strong enough or not but we are excited to see what will happen throughout this week. Hopefully, it might work.

Finally, everything is all set and we feel tired. And then a good news comes that we can take some garlic back as our bonus. That is amazing. I can eat the vegetable I watered and fed everyday. I appreciated it for giving me the moment, which allows me not only rethinking about its growing process which benefit for my plants research study, but also retasting how happy I am working with my garden’s team. 

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic (Allium sativum)

~ Hong


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