I’m back from Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and the recent site of the Heritage Harvest Festival. I was there to give presentations and do some book-signings. The Festival was really fun. The grounds of Monticello were absolutely amazing. And…would you believe that I forgot to take my camera with me!! So, next best thing was to buy a postcard of the food gardens there (that’s the picture at the top of this post). I have that postcard sitting in front of my computer screen so that it will conjure up all the great gardens I saw there in my mind’s eye.
A lot has been happening here on the farm this past couple of weeks too. Above are some pictures of our new Dosatron injector, which I use when I’m watering in fertilizer to the plants in the greenhouses. It’s a really great piece of equipment, and allows me to mix up the organic fertilizer in the tank and then hook the dosatron up to the water line and the fertilizer is automatically added to the water at the designated and appropriate rate. I just water as I normally would and the fertilizer is already in the water. This is pretty huge as far as improvements go around here.
Before I had to use a syphojet attachment to the hose and it would suck the concentrated fertilizer up from a 5 gallon bucket and I would then water the properly diluted fertilizer into the plants. Trouble was that I had to attach the whole set up to each hose in each greenhouse and drag all the equipment from one greenhouse to the next, including lugging 5 gallon buckets full of liquid. I’m getting too old for that much moving of heavy awkward equipment. The dosatron cost us a very pretty penny, but it was worth every cent in the time and energy it saves me when I have to fertilize the greenhouses, especially in the spring when there are 8 greenhouses full to the brim with plants. I love this contraption!
Our clay pots order arrived from Nebraska. We’ve safely stored them away in our supply barn where they won’t get broken. Now we are all set for clay pots when we need them for the entire year of planting in 2017.
Beki has been working hard to get all the newly planted crops weeded a final time before her work season closes here at the end of the month. Here she is weeding the Pennisetum orientalis crop.
Chris and Beki have been harvesting seed in mass these days as the flower seed crops are all ripening. This is the Mojave Sage seed crop. It is a stunning plant with beautiful mauve-purple flowers. The hummingbirds, bumblebees and other pollinators really enjoy the flowers. The foliage is quite aromatic and the silvery foliage is very pretty when planted in a garden.
My ginger mother plant has decided to bloom and the blooms are fragrant and lovely. This plant has been living on my back porch since May, but now that the nights are cooling off into the 40’s some nights, I’ve moved her into the greenhouses to live for the cold months of the year.
This beauty is Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata). We grow two species of Passionflower, Passiflora incarnata and Passiflora edulis, and both are hardy in zone 5. They grow reliably as perennial vines in the front range of Colorado, even though their native habitat is in the southeastern part of North America. Not only are they excellent medicine plants, but their fruits are delicious, and the flowers are so exotic looking that they never fail to get appreciation from visitors coming into our White Rabbit garden.
Very big news is that my new book, Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine, has been released and is now available at bookstores and online. You can also purchase it directly from me if you would like to do so (see the Ordering Tammi’s Books page of this website) and then I can sign it for you if you want. I’m so excited about this new book. I hope you will enjoy it!
On October 1, 2016 I will be doing a celebration presentation at Tagawas Garden Center in Centennial, CO called Cattail Moonshine & Milkweed Medicine, followed by a book-signing event. You can learn more about this on the Classes & Events page of this blog. The time will be 11:00am. Tagawas is located at 7711 South Parker Road in Centennial, CO. Their phone number is 303-690-4722. They will have all my books available for this event, including this new book. Hope to see you there.
Last weekend, Chris and I, along with our friends Marc and Joan, had a glorious hike in the mountains to enjoy the fall colors of the oaks, aspens and other plants. Our dogs Molly and Shrek had a great time too. This is the season that is the most fun to hike in…at least that is my opinion.
Talk to you again soon.