Batten down the hatches!

Christina fearlessly holds down the high tunnel! Due to high winds, we had to affix the door of the high tunnel to prevent it from being broken!

 

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Harvesting Holy Basil/Tulsi with Maisie!

A few weeks ago, I was assigned to help Maisie Loo with her Tulsi harvest, away from my usual greens harvesting. Wow! I learned so much and had a lot of fun learning how UGArden’s medicinal teas are dried, and enjoyes smelling the wonderful scents of the medicinal plants plot and the herb room. ¬†Maisie gave me a brief overview of the benefits of Tulsi, and I was amazed to learn that the plant has been used medicinally for thousands of years and can be used to treat a variety of issues from anxiety to the common cold, among many, many other things. What an amazing plant! img_20161012_085008img_20161012_084959

What is that greenhouse looking thing?

Howdy! Thanks for asking! This space-age looking structure is called a high-tunnel. Fitting name, I know. This was installed out at the garden to ensure that we could extend the season’s on many of our crops! Basically, that means we can grow tomatoes, peppers, gourds, and other warm weather crops in colder seasons! It’s being built through Dr. Suzanne O’ Connell’s HORT 3200 course and is a first out here. Feel free to come check it out at the UGArden Fall Festival this Thursday Oct. 20!20161018_081210.jpg

Fungus Among Us

This past Thursday, Tanner and I harvested the shiitake mushrooms! It was exciting because this was a first time for both of us. We had to pay careful attention to each mushroom picked because, although we only inoculated the logs with shiitake mushrooms, other fungal species might grow around them. We were looking for the caps with white gills and had to toss the shiitakes¬†with yellow gills, as they were past their prime. Unfortunately, we were not able to harvest enough for market, but hopefully in a week or so, we’ll have more!