Many people are surprised to learn that loofah sponges actually come from a plant! These vegetables are actually edible in the early stages and look a lot like cucumbers. However, we wait to harvest these loofahs when they are dried out and turning brown.
Our rosemary growing in the greenhouse is thriving!
Even though I’m an herb intern, it’s great that I get to help out with the veggie harvest too. UGArden really is a well-oiled and versatile machine like that- everyone happily chips in when work is needed. Harvesting fall greens in the misty morning rain couldn’t be better therapy.
The Red Tea tastes so great! What do you think about adding in a mix of Kapoor and Krishna Holy Basil into the tea blend?
Isn’t the hibiscus so beautiful on the screens?
The hibiscus is so beautiful! After harvesting and peeling from the calyx, it goes into Red Tea! However, my fingers are getting quite pink from that…
Today (Tuesday) and last Thursday, some of the herb interns and a few student volunteers harvested hibiscus buds. They will be used in our red tea blend, which supports hormonal balances and the reproductive system!
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) plays host to the gorgeous Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae). We found many happy, fat caterpillars in our Passionflower patch. Luckily, this native vine grows abundantly so that there is enough for humans and lepidoptera alike.