We have been very busy at the Farm the past two weeks! We have started planting our new permanent flower garden in the back of the Farm, harvested lots of beans, cucumbers, melons, and squash, and gone to the Farmer’s Market. The current flower garden has also taken off, with our Amaranth plants reaching almost 4 feet in height.
The flower garden is getting colorful! I am so excited for each new day at the farm to see the progress my flowers have made. The rain over the past weekend seemed to give them a boost, and the Amaranth, Celosia, and Marigolds in particular are thriving. The Amaranth have not bloomed yet, but the stems are very thick and they are getting very tall. The Celosia is my favorite – there is such a variety in colors and shapes of the bloom! The majority of the plants are flame shaped, but we have some that have bloomed and are coral shaped. The colors range from magenta/fuschia to bright-sunshine yellow.
While the majority of what is alive in the flower garden is alive and well, we lost a lot of plants last week to root rot. An entire section of Amaranth and some of the Celosia were affected. Root rot can be caused by extended periods of exposure to water or from fungus in the soil. We aren’t sure exactly what caused the rotting, but the stems were rotted around the base of the plants at the top layer of soil.
At the back of the Farm is a rain garden, and Corey set up rows that we will mulch and plant flowers on. This will be a permanent flower garden! The rain garden is a low spot on the farm near other vegetable gardens where rain runoff will flow into, and at the “bottom” of the rain garden are hibiscus and other plants that like lots of water to grow. The garden will planted with taller plants at the back, and each row will have flowers decreasing in height, so that from the bottom of the rain garden you will be able to see all of the rows. So far we have planted Sweet Pea at the back that will grow up a trellis, Bachelor Buttons in the second to last row, and transplanted a Canna into the front right side of the garden. It will be so beautiful when everything starts blooming!