As you can see, there was a boom in the growth of most of the plants, especially the Amaranthus. This is in part to the large amount of rain we received this week and the warmth. I think that the weather was perfect for most of the plants, and maybe not so perfect for at least one-the indigofera. From what I have read, indigofera tinctoria can be difficult to grow, especially if you do not have the correct growing conditions. The leaves of the indigo also look as if they have been gnawed on by bugs. Well, I guess it’s live and let live. I’m not going to spray chemicals just to get rid of bugs. Bugs have to eat too!
It’s been two weeks since the last measurement. There has been some significant growth in some plants, but in the one that I was most excited to see, it was shrunk by some little critter eating it to the ground. I wasn’t very thrilled to come home after being up north for five days to find that the indigofera had been nibbled to the dirt. However, after a few days of watering and heat, a few strong leaves returned.
There are a few plants in bloom in the garden including marigolds, hollyhock and coreopsis. I think the most difficult part of this process is understanding that this is the first year of the garden and that the garden needs time to develop. The garden needs time to allow for the plants to really establish roots.