The garden is still fairly quiet because it is early in the growing season, but the sweet shrub is starting to put out a few leaves and the bee balm has already started growing. The nettles have also really taken off. . . and so have the weeds! The big project for today was keeping weeds down before they really have a chance to get started.
After weeding in what will be the woodland garden/native plants bed, I also gave the raised beds a once-over with the hoe, even though there were only a few weeds. It's best to stay on top of it. Most of the herbs should spread out over the summer and keep the weeds down by virtue of shading them out.
Other than that, I transplanted the hops into a permanent home. I had moved it out of the whiskey barrel to the raised bed so that the barrels will be ready for seeds, but the root system was approximately the same size as the barrel had been!
After talking with Cindy about it, we decided to give it a wooden trellis that had originally been built for an espalier apple tree. Unfortunately, the tree didn't make it, but the hops will be very happy to have the support.
The lavender I moved from the native plants area seems to be doing well. It's still a bit weedy looking from so much shade last year, but hopefully it will settle in and bush out. It's already blooming and has a little new growth.
There's also a really neat sculptural element in the garden at Wrens Nest: The Healing Advocate. It's a volvo that has been turned into a garden ornament and water feature. Margaret, one of our local master gardeners and a yoga student at Wrens Nest, helps keep the plants in the Advocate happy! You'll be seeing more of the Advocate later this year, as Margaret and I are putting our heads together to come up with some ideas for new plants to add.
In other news, our class next Monday will focus on nettles, and since we have nettles in the garden you will be able to study them in person!