On Thursday July 18th I had the pleasure of working with visiting students from Taiwan. We decided to label the plants in both English and Mandarin. This gave rise to the idea of making laminated labels for the plants in the Learning Garden in all the languages of people likely to visit the LG.
We also collected seeds from our bed of greens, and trimmed the remaining scapes from our second garlic bed.
We did a little hand pollinating in the greenhouse on the tomatoes.
On Wednesday July 17th The
Learning Garden at SMU received some help from 14 visiting Korean students. The students helped me remove the scapes from our garlic crop to encourage the energy flow of the garlic plant downward into the bulb.
We also discovered a small maple tree growing near one of the beds. We dug it up and potted it to add to our native plant nursery.
This spring I underestimated the size of the pots I would need for the heirloom varieties of tomatoes we are growing in the greenhouse. That said I really needed to get these big plants into big enough pots for them to thrive for the rest of the growing season. Here is how it went:
It is hard to tell how big this plant is this is only a two gallon pot
This pot is three times bigger!
Our greenhouse at SMU has tables that can be taken apart to give plants more head room
These large tomato plants now have enough growing room and enough soil to produce well into the fall growing season possibly yielding tomatoes through November.
The basil is now located nearer the door and is easier to harvest.
Come by the greenhouse and snip some basil it just keeps it healthy and bushy!
Our Stocky Red Roaster Pepper Plants are HUGE! They are blossoming now and I hope to see peppers forming soon. I have seen bees inside the greenhouse but some hand pollination would help.