Garden picture

Garden picture

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Big changes in the Children's Garden

Lots of eye popping changes!  Primary colors, green plants, walking paths made from a tree trunk, and an invitation to "Touch."

In the Vegetable Garden:

Peas are almost ready to climb, lettuce is almost ready to be thinned.  Spinach coming along nicely.  In a couple of weeks Malabar Spinach will be added to the spinach bed.  It is not really a spinach, it is native to tropical Asia and grows very well in hot, humid weather. Malabar spinach is high in vitamins A and C, iron and calcium.  It is also high in protein per calorie.

Lettuce and Peas




Red, White and Blue Potatoes in this patch

Potato plants

Soon we will have to add soil to "mound up" the plants.  The growing potatoes need to be covered completely.

In the Native and Hedgerow Gardens:



This is part of our Milkweed Patch.  This is a very important plant.   It is a host plant of the Monarch Butterfly.  The Monarch eggs are laid on these plants.  When the larvae hatch, they only eat plants in the milkweed family, nothing else.  When the Monarch emerges from its chrysalis, it receives nourishment from many other plants.  



Patio Garden:


Salad Table

Lots of welcome rain tonight and tomorrow!

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