Today is a long way from dandelion flowers at least here in the great Northeast. but I did snap a very healthy crown at the eastern edge of the field garden.
I know about the plant's special day via Kitchen Garden seeds. They're stepping up their usual twice a week growing season email blitz to every other day. I read an article Thursday or Friday about the seed market going through the roof in the wake of the pandemic. Kitchen Garden was one of the companies featured with quotes from a representative.
Today's email spotlight featured dandelion seeds from two German varieties that are highly prized for their leaves. Sometime in the next little while I'm planning to write a post about dandelion medicine making. Ditto violet flowers and leaves. But today my mind is on J's accomplishment of the day. He broke out the rototiller and created a lovely equilateral triangle bed for the tomatoes. We figure it will take a week of lunch hours or so to have the soil fluffed up, amended as best we can, and ready for deep mulching until it's time to plant the seedlings and sow some giant leaf basil seeds. If you look at the pink flower pot then just beyond it you'll see the straw covered plot I've begun pitchforking for calendula and borage seeding to be sown around one of the garden's lemon balm patches. Behind that is one of the "walls" of the four foot square Sunflower House IF there's time and ability to pull off this hazy dream I've never actively pursued. There always seemed like there'd be plenty of time to do it later - when I was old enough to sit still and enjoy it from time to time.
Today's overcast sky was perfect for working without getting over-heated or parched. The ground was damp and friable. Earlier in the day we also walked through the woods while I darted around clearing the path behind the utility and potting sheds. There's a path? J. had been astonished. I explained the cat and I used it all the time - that it was actually Mama's path that I was gradually clearing of fallen branches. I showed him how I'd been widening the trail with an additional 'walking lane" so that I could wander more comfortably along with her. He rejoiced in the improvement and together we cleared the latest fallen branches from yesterday's high wind.