Saturday, July 26, 2008
My vegetable garden is not very large. I don't have room for long rows of corn. I read that you could get better pollination if you plant the seeds close together and so I have a small patch of 5 rows with 8 plants in each row spaced about 6 inches apart. The corn is growing beautifully but time will tell if there is a successful crop.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Fennel is a wonderfully aromatic herb that grows from 3-5 feet tall. It has feathery leaves and large flower umbrels. You can harvest the fennel bulb and use it in many tasty dishes and the seeds can be used to make a tea for digestive upsets. Fennel will reseed itself. It is also a host plant for butterfly larvae.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The sunflowers are in full bloom now. The tallest is 10 1/2 feet! They grew from seeds that fell from last year's plants. I didn't like where they were growing so when they were a foot tall I transplanted them to a different spot. I kept them watered until their roots took hold in the new location and they just took off! They are magnificent.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
This is a corner of my bed of monarda, or bee balm. All of the plants are this gorgeous magenta color. When it is in full bloom on a hot summer afternoon, the flowers are filled with hundreds of bees--honeybees, wasps, bumble bees, tiny bees I have no name for. The nectar of bee balm is a favorite food source also for the ruby throated hummingbird, various butterflies, and the curious hummingbird moth.