As I have mentioned before, I am starting a butterfly garden on the Howdy Farm that future howdy farmers can use to teach others about the importance of butterflies. Well, I am super excited to tell you that I have finally gotten some things planted! I am so thrilled not only that this project is finally taking off but it also looks super cute!
These two pictures here are how the butterfly garden area used to look. It was empty other than the few plants that remained from last year. The soil had been mulched and formed in such a way that rain and additional water is filtered down a slop into a rain garden. Well, now it is starting to look very different!
In these rows, I have transplanted some of the plants I had growing in the greenhouse. Here we have sunflowers, zinnias, borage, as well as some seeds of bachelor buttons. The middle picture shows the trenches that Michael dug in which we planted seeds. We planted them like this so the seeds will get enough water and sunlight. If I recovered the seeds with all of the soil as well as the mulch they seed would not get enough sunlight to grow.
This week Corey and I also went plant shopping! We bought some more mature plants to transplant on the farm so they wouldn't take as long to become established. We bought some of these plants from Home Depot and others from Farm Patch in Bryan. Later in the week, after letting the plants adjust a bit, I planted them in the butterfly garden. Below are the plants I bought adapting to Howdy Farm conditions which is also called hardening off.
Here are the rows of store-bought flowering plants. Now, something important to know about the plants we bought is that all of them are biennials. Biennials mean that all of these plants have a two-year life cycle. If we had bought annuals, they would have grown just to be killed off in the winter. These biennials will die back but will grow again as soon as the weather warms up. So we get another year out of biennials than if we had annuals.
These are close-ups of the plants and their common names.
Lastly this week on the Howdy farm I harvested a bunch of yard long beans and almost 13 pounds of cucumbers!! It was so much fun working on the farm this week, and I can't wait to keep growing!