Blueberries, raspberries, sweet peas and garlic were all found at the
ESL this week. Also, our second batch of lettuce was sent off to campus
kitchens with added parsley. Two surprises were found while weeding this
week. First, I found onions Cassia had planted after almost pulling some
out. Secondly, more Colorado Potato beetles; this time on the blue potato
plants. I quickly drowned the around 40 beetles in soapy water and sprayed
an organic garden approved fungi on the potato leafs that destroys the
insides of the beetle. They haven’t been back since.
This week I had some fun projects. First, I have been harvesting garlic
and planting Romaine lettuce in its stead. Also, I have been working with
the Locus trees, trimming them so as to make them straight for posts. Next
in line was weed whacking a path to a new sculpture. The sculpture is doors
made of different materials. Jon Rosales told me it symbolizes the
different paths we can take in life.
Fact provided by Jon Rosales:
-there was once a river oxbow in the field behind the garden therefore,
there is rich sentiments in one area of the field creating more
biodiversity in that area
Facts provided by Carrie Johns:
-when corn does not stand straight because of wind damage it is called
– if one pinches off the flower of a basil plant, the basil leaves grow
-tomato plants should be at least a foot apart
This week at the ESL garden, the harvest began. Excitedly, the first batch of lettuce was handed off to Campus Kitchens to turn into a beautiful salad. Also, a lot of garlic scapes, some parsley, basil and kale were picked.
During this part of the summer, the main tasks consist of watering and weeding. As I was weeding the tomato plants, I found something that added an interesting twist to my day. I found Colorado potato bugs (around 30) on the tomato plants, not the potato plants. Beside the bugs, the tomato plants are doing great and we have even started pruning the lower small stems so as to make sure the plant puts all its effort into the tomatoes and to help prevent blight.
Interesting facts of the week provided by Carrie Johns include:
-Hawthorn berries can lower cholesterol
-Beet greens are edible
-Picking dead flower heads off of marigolds helps to make the plants bushier