Friday, July 8, 2011

The Rains of May and the Heat of June

We have all stayed very busy here at Americana working on our gardens and they are blooming with lots of love. In May Youth with a Mission came out and graciously helped with pulling grass and laid out mulch around the raspberry plants to help retain water. It was a pleasure working with them and hope to have them back soon! We also took some mulch and paved the path with it, which turned out fantastic.

The Courier Journal Neighboorhoods Section also came out for a visit and did a piece on our gardens. A few great pictures were taking of Ah Pyu’s beautiful, flourishing garden and an interview was followed.

June was exciting and was filled with lots of planting. The morning family education women came out and built beds and planted plenty of squash, corn, beans, zucchini, pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, and cilantro. While planting, we also realized that there is a lot of purslane growing in their plot which is a great beneficial weed. It’s succulent and edible and can be used as a salad, stir fried, or cooked like spinach. YUM! It also contains more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable plant. Very nutritious!

To finish up the month of June we worked with the 1st and 2nd graders to build a herb spiral. They loved getting dirty with all the sand, dirt and rocks! Inside the herb spiral we are going to plant rosemary, basil, thyme, and cilantro. 

1 comment:

  1. Nice herb spirals - nice everything!

    If you need anymore brambles, feel free to come meander around here and take a few bushes home with you! They're absolutely everywhere! My hands are permanently dyed with blackberry blood it seems ;)

    Cheers! Namaste ∞