Last week a few of us got the chance to tour Woodland Gardens in nearby Winterville, GA. In addition to 3 closed greenhouses, the farm has roughly a dozen of these shade structures which allow the management to be more flexible with their planting and harvesting and they also help maximize production!
The storm held out for us last Thursday at UGArden Club. Smiley UGArdeners cleaned up the lower barn and beds 🙂
These organic heirloom tomatoes are over 6 feet tall and also sell for up to $8/lb!
Molly G. and Mollie S. cleaning tools. Clean tools means happy UGArdeners 🙂
Every time I see the asparagus growing, my first reaction is “why the heck did someone stick asparagus in the ground over there that’s silly–OH IT’S GROWING LIKE THAT RIGHT WHOOPS”
Oh also the asparagus is coming up now! Yay, Spring!! 😀
Caught this lil fella in the lower hoop house yesterday, and figured this is a good opportunity to talk about insects like I promised (finally). This insect is colloquially known as a “mosquito hawk”–partly because it looks like a giant mosquito, and partly because most people believe that it eats mosquitos. In fact, this thing is kinda related to mosquitoes: it’s in the same order (which is a method of classification) with mosquitoes and true flies (you can tell because it only has one set of wings. The two sticks-with-balls-on-them that’re hanging out where the second set of wings would be are called halteres and are used for balance)
They don’t bite humans, and they don’t usually eat mosquitoes– they’re actually a common agricultural pest in Europe, although not so much here. Usually they eat decaying matter, algae, plant roots, etc. in its larval stage. As an adult (pictured here) it doesn’t eat much of anything, really. Just kinda flies around till it finds a mate, mates, and then dies.