Garden Journal: August 8, 2012

Hello everyone!  The past few weeks I have been documenting the progress of our garden. Some of the beds are looking really good and many of the plants, notably the cotton, passionflower, and tansy beds, have developed beautiful flowers and fruits.

Passionflower and Maypop (Passiflora incarnata)

Tansy (Tanacetum Vulgare)

These past few workdays have involved mainly weeding and watering during the summer heat!  We had to take out our buckwheat and wheat beds because they were not growing well.. We replanted the beds and so far, the buckwheat is growing well but the wheat is struggling to grow in the heat.  I have sprinkled more buckwheat seeds in parts of the bed where no buckwheat appears to be growing and over the past week it has started to look better!

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum Esculentum)

Buckwheat seeds (Fagopyrum Esculentum)

Red Clover seeds

We also planted new Red Clover seeds in our previous garlic bed!  I’ve noticed little sprouts coming up over the last week and now this week there appears to be clover growing which is good.  The cotton beds are looking fantastic!  I brought some coffee grounds for the garden, and sprinkled some over various beds including the cotton.  The cotton flowers are beautiful and have gotten many compliments from runners and other passersby!

Cotton flower (Gossypian hisutum)

Our peanut plants have been struggling this summer, but not because of the heat.  A not so friendly squirrel has been pestering our peanut plants, and although the peanuts had been growing in the ground, he started to dig up the roots about two weeks ago!  Since then, all of us at the garden have been trying to combat him!  We tried covering the plants with mesh, sprinkling red pepper around the roots, and even bought whole corn (a tasty treat that squirrels love) for this pesky squirrel.  Over the past week I’ve noticed less digging in the beds and I think he’s started to leave our peanuts alone.

That’s all for now! More updates later this week.

~Kari

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