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Two Sisters Victory Garden

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Each week this spring, I have shared different posts with you about starting your own Victory Garden. A few weeks ago, former #BehnkeBest Adrienne Neff and her sister Cordelia Neff decided to make their own Victory Garden at their parent’s home. As a young college graduate, Cordelia started her career working for Behnke’s in our graphics department. After a couple of years she left to take a job more in her field of interest, studying the changes of growth patterns of algae in the Gulf of Mexico.

Luckily for Behnke’s Cordelia had a younger sister Adrienne, who, sensing an opportunity, jumped right into our graphics department and stayed till we closed last summer. You would have seen Adrienne’s display work around the nursery, and you also know her as the person who put our email newsletter together each week.

Much to my surprise, I found out that the Neff girls decided to spend this time we have been in quarantine to build a Victory Garden in their parent’s yard. Below I am relating some of what Cordelia wrote as she was sharing this project on her Facebook page. In a few weeks, we will check back in and see how their garden is growing, and hopefully, we will hear how things are going… like keeping up with the weeding.

From Cordelia:

two sisters 2I admit I’ve been really struggling with COVID quarantine. It meant a lot of life changes in addition to social distancing. BUT – Adrienne and I started a kitchen and cut flower garden! It’s been very invigorating, and has really perked me up!

We had to first till the soil, then we mulched using dad’s piles of leaves he dumps on the edge of the wood every fall. Then Adrienne and Matt sank outposts, and we built a deer/groundhog/rabbit fence, which Adrienne made a lovely door for. Adrienne has been making us trellises for our various veggies, and I’ve been planting and watering in behind her.

I’ve lost track of how many hours we’ve put in, but Adrienne and I are exhausted but very pleased with ourselves. We are almost done planting (mostly from seed, directly into the ground). Going to go into maintenance and waiting mode. Our first harvests will probably start in about 2 months. I can’t wait!

Cordelia wrote to me that the existing hellebores in the yard were #bornatbehnkes as were the hops! (hops have really taken off bottom right photo) Cordelia planted the hellebores about 9 years ago, and Adrienne put in the hops about 4 years ago. I love that they drew out a plan on how they wanted their garden to look.

According to Cordelia, they pretty much kept to the program, which helped when deciding what to shop for. But I think the best thing I see is a wreath on their garden door. I am wondering just what kind of scarecrow these ladies will come up with.

Stephanie Fleming; Beyond Behnke’s

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Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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