Marissa, Lily and I met up in the garden last Sunday to build the remaining beds and plant the rest of the seeds. I also finally got around to making a sign for the garden. As you may remember, we experimented earlier in the semester with sandblasting and laser cutting slate (just like the plant ID signs we already have). I ended up laser cutting the sign and putting our favorite Jefferson quote on it. Now people passing by the garden will have a little more info about this wonderful space.
The final beds to form are for our new sesame room. We’ve had the peanuts here for the past two seasons and decided it was time to do some crop rotation. The sesame were an appealing replacement as they have a nice tall form that should define the space nicely. We also planted our corn and sunflowers, which will both surely grow nice and tall and define some of the spaces in the garden. We chose a variety of sunflower that we hope will grow to be a little shorter than in years past. Maybe we’ll also be able to protect the seeds a bit better from those tricky squirrels!
We were happy to see that the flax seedlings have sprouted their heads. We had some heavy rains and were a bit worried that the small seeds had been washed away. But alas, they stuck it out and survived the rains, cars riding over their beds, and people stepping in the beds. Tough little guys! Can’t wait to see how the flax does as our replacement for the cotton around the border of the garden. The hops and the salsify continue to thrive as do the jerusalem artichokes and passion flower.
It’s sad to think that this will be my last work day in the garden. The past two and a half seasons have been such a wonderful experience. I’ve learned so much and met so many passionate and driven people. From the beginning…designing the garden with Erica Thatcher and securing funding for our first season through the Arboretum and Landscape Committee with Lily, Rachael, Nancy, and Erica…to garden workshops on dyeing and spinning and tabling at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Monticello. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this garden whether for one work day or since the beginning. I’ve learned so much from all of you! I look forward to following along with the updates here on the blog and watching the garden continue to thrive and transform in the future!
All the best,