The past few weeks were busy, busy at the Farm! We’ve gone to the market twice, and we have been eating tons of melon out at the Farm. I spend most of my time at the farm now deadheading flowers, weeding, and planting winter crops and flowers. It seems like the hottest part of the year is over, and the plants are doing really well with the cooler weather.
We have now mulched nearly the entire rain garden and it will be finished soon. In the back-most row we have planted sweet pea seeds, however they still had not sprung up by the end of last week. We transplanted two rows of bachelor buttons, but most of them have died, and last week we transplanted two more rows of snap dragons. It has not been a great year so far for the flowers. In both the cut flower garden and the rain garden we have dealt with a lot of crop failure. Finally, we planted two Lantanas and transplanted a Canna in the front row, and those seem to be doing well.
I’m learning that a lot of farming is fun observational science. If we plant a variety and it does really well, we will take notes on what we did/where it was planted/what it looks like and plant it again next season. When something does not grow well, we do not always know why, but we will take a note of it and not try it again next year.