- Robin Wall Kimmerer
about Ancient Plants.
This week is a bit of a limbo time at the community garden plot as we transition from cool weather to warm weather crops, but the ground is so oversaturated from recent rains that I am holding off planting anything. There are areas of our garden that are a literal mud pit! Thank goodness for the woodchip paths around my plot that are keeping things fairly tidy.
I've been harvesting strawberries and weeding a tiny bit. I need to check if the scapes have formed on the garlic as they usually appear by now. The carrots seem to be increasing, but I will wait a few more weeks before pulling another one to check.
The big news is the flowers on the purple podded snap peas are finally blooming and that means peas aren't far behind!
I also found a few self-sown zinnia and celosia seedlings where I am prepping a bed for tomatoes. I'll transplant those to a better spot soon.
What are you growing and eating this week from your edible garden?
About Fenton Friday: Every Friday during the growing season, I'll be giving you an update on my community garden plot at the Fenton Street Community Garden just across the street from my house in zone 7 Mid-Atlantic MD/DC border. I'm plot #16. It is a 10 ft x 20 ft space and this is our 11th year in the garden. (It opened in May 2011.) See past posts about our edible garden by putting "Fenton" into the Search box above.
Carolina allspice (Calycanthus floridus) is also known as Sweetshrub. It is native to the Eastern United States and is known for its fragrant blossoms in mid to late spring.
The roots and bark also have a scent when injured or rubbed that is similar to camphor.
The flowers are a dark burgundy color and the leaves are deep green that turn light yellow in the fall before dropping off.
It can grow from full sun to full shade and tolerates most any soil type. Though it prefers moist ground and to be positioned in dappled shade as a woodland understory plant.
This shrub can get 8 feet wide and high, so plant it where it can attain its full size and it will not need pruning.
It occasionally sends out root suckers and you can cut those off or dig and pot them up to gift to another gardener.
Carolina allspice is deer-resistant and has no major pests or diseases.
There is also a West Coast species, Calycanthus occidentalis, and a Chinese sweetshrub (Calycanthus chinensis). Popular Calycanthus floridus cultivars and hybrids include ‘Athens’, which has chartreuse flowers; ‘Venus’, which is a compact grower that has white blooms with a banana scent; and, ‘Aphrodite’, which has bright red flowers with a citrus-y fragrance.
Carolina allspice: You Can Grow That!
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