I have made it through the first week of my internship on the farm and I love it!! It has been a lot of work, I spent one day just pulling weeds, another day putting up trellis's, and a third day clearing out everything that has died over the winter so new things can get planted and grow!
Before getting into the nitty gritty details of the week, I just wanted to post this picture of a sign that I saw on the Howdy Farm and it just made me laugh. I think it will be my motto as I work through this internship!
Day Two: Today was mostly just cutting down all of the dead lemongrass to clear up space to plant new things! Cutting down the lemongrass was work! I mean they were huge bushes that took time to cut down but they smelled so good! Even for being dead! The lemoney scent just wafted around me as I cut down the bushes. What I thought was neat was what we did with the lemongrass after we cut it down. The picture below shows the lemongrass before it was cut down, after it was cut down, and what we did with the lemongrass at the end! The lemongrass was laid down in between rows of plants to keep weeds away!! I have seen hay in between rows of plants to keep weeds away but I never thought lemongrass could do the same thing!
Day Three: The final day of the week was not so exciting. I spent the day pulling weeds. But, it was for a good cause....my project!! As an intern, I must pick a project to work on throughout my internship during the semester. The Howdy Farm is known mostly for growing fruits and vegetables and selling them on Thursdays and Saturdays. However, there have never really been any ornamental flowers around the farm. That is where my project comes in! I will be in charge of growing ornamental flowers that can be used to make floral designs like small bouquets that can be sold along with the fruits and vegetables that we grow. Now, back to the reason I was pulling weeds....it was to clear rows so I can plant flowers! Right now there is some snapdragon that (hopefully) will bloom. Some of the snapdragon kind of died off when we had a freeze, but we think they will come back.
Snapdragon looks like the picture below and it is a great flower for adding height to a floral arrangement!
And that concludes my first week blog!!
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