Monday, May 28, 2007

We've got plants!

It's the moment we've been waiting for... plants in the garden. Finally, after nursing seeds and seedlings, and trying to find the time to pull it all together, we have stuff in the garden.Radishes, for starters. No wonder they're recommended for children's gardens, they're up in three or four days...great for those of us with short attention spans.


The garlic is going great - weedy, but no scapes yet. (Hey-weeds are plants, too)











Now we had lots of cucumber babies...has anyone seen the cucumbers?


Who us? We haven't seen any (*burp*) cucmbers...
And in the 1700's garden, the first plant for the medicinal bed is bloodroot. An early remedy for menstrual cramps, this Eastern Woodland plant is also a dye plant. I bought one at a garden club plant sale, and lo and behold, when mowing the camp lawn this weekend, I found another! literally right in front of me...

I'm going to keep this one here, and now that I know camp is the right environment, I'm going to hike around and look for more...
And also this weekend: potatoes (2nd round), raspberries, lettuce, beans, and Madison's garden is in....
Look out summer, here we come!

1 comment:

Kathy L. said...

I had forgotten all about bloodroot until you mentioned it! Wow! Another Upstate blast from the past! I really miss all the understory plants like that in the woods. We don't have that sort of woods here.
I used to have (and would like to have again) a garden just for dye plants, much like Rita Buchanen has. When I worked for The Arboretum here, I taught Natural Dyeing with the plants of this area. Many of the colors here are very muted.
And it's nice to see someone else has "sheep that tell lies" - someone keeps eating the top off of my horseradish plant and won't confess! ;-)