Purple seems to be the main color around here lately! I think it’s time to split them again, they are taking over!
On another note… It’s been a year since this happened:
Aw, they were so darn cute!! I think it’s time for a few more, well after we build a new coop that is!
Have a great Tuesday!
Last week I showed you how we’ve been preparing our flowers for winter. Today I want to show you how we’ve dealt with preparing the flower beds themselves.
If you’re anything like me, you hate to rake (its one of those tasks that Jon is just better at ), but this year we raked in a way that required minimum effort. Instead of hauling loads of leaves into the woods like we normally would, we raked the leaves directly into the flower beds. The leaves will decompose and provide organic matter to the plants that we’ve planted in the beds. It’s really a win-win situation for all involved.
Not having to haul loads upon loads of leaves was a major benefit for us, and I’m sure the plants will appreciate the extra nutrients!
Do you mulch your flower beds? What type of mulch have you found to work best?
We started the year by planting mammoth sunflowers. Most of them did come up which was a surprise itself. I figured that the birds would eat quite a few of the seeds before they had a chance to germinate.
What started as this:
Has turned into this in 3 short months:
The plants in the front of the picture are tomato plants. VERY LARGE tomato plants if that gives you an idea of just how tall these sunflowers are.
This is our first blossom:
The weight of the flower quickly caused it to fall over, so we have resorted to tieing a string around the house to help them stay upright.
Our hope is that we can let the flowers go to seed and then harvest the seeds to roast. Jon eats sunflower seeds like crazy, especially when driving to keep himself awake. I hope that the birds/squirrels don’t get to them before we do!