Our organic campus garden here at school is the ultimate treat on a sunny beautiful day like today. Farming and gardening may be a lot of work, but it's worth it. This morning Jesus and I and headed over at 9:30 (well, by the time I actually got there it was 10:05) and we got to work. Our cilantro has grown to be so tall that the seeds at the top (which are used to make coriander) have multiplied and are ready to be crushed. So our first step was to pull the cilantro husks out and plop off the seeds.
There was a lot, so it took some time, but it gave us a time to enjoy the beautiful sun and well, wake up!
Incoming....! While we were waking up, we were greeted by two friends who decided to keep us company. A cute little lady bug and this interesting worm thing, which played on the seeds!
Okay, maybe I liked that little lady bug too much-- we became good friends.
While we were shucking the coriander seeds we were greeted by two friendly (human) visitors who wanted to check out what the garden was all about. Of course, we love talking about the things we're working on, so this was the perfect opportunity. We showed them how this summer we're thinking big, so we are busy planting lots of delicious herbs and veggies. In the other beds we have thyme, oregano, two kinds of sage, tarragon (which is my FAVORITE-- it tastes like licorice), curly parsley (which is dying out because we didn't cut off the flowers and so it's more focused on reproducing than keeping its leaves), thyme, and rosemary.
Jesus is planting swiss chard, cilantro, snap peas, and basil. They are going to be delicious.
We're also pleased to announce that the garden has welcomed a new family, honey bees!!!
They are in this beautiful purple box that has been donated by lots of lovely people, including Jesus himself and our campus garden directors. I happen to love this because the color reminds me of something that you'd see in Rabbit's garden in Winnie the Pooh (my favorite story collection) and the bees are making lots of 'hunny'. Right next to it happens to be a lovely sunflower (that apparently is being eaten by something) and it provides some nice aesthetics to the garden.
The bees seem to like the flower and they've been busy buzzing around working for the queen. Although, currently there's a swarm cell inside the box, which means that either the bees are going to swarm and leave because they're unhappy with the queen and want to make way for a new one, or the queen is sick and they're relocating. We shall see, but don't worry because our lovely helper who knows a lot about beekeeping is on top of it. These bees aren't going anywhere if she has something to do with it!!
Just under that we have made way for our tomatoes and squash.
As you can see we've layered our black plastic to act as a kind of mulch which prevents weeds and makes cleanup easier when we go to harvest the tomatoes.
We've fertilized the soil with Plant Tone organic plant fertilizer-- which pretty much is chicken poop with 5-3-3 NPK Nitrogen Phosphorus and Potassium...basically we're adding a great amount of nutrients to make sure these plants get their game on! We've had great success in the past with our plants so we expect a great turnout.
For our lunch break, we decided to make our way to Whole Foods for their grilling competition. Today it was all about the seafood. They grilled up some amazing mahi mahi with peppers and a really delicious teriyaki sauce that was not loaded with unnatural colors and msg. Just pure goodness!
We've met a lot of really cool animal friends today. Here's the storybook of our adventure:
We got a little too close and he got scared and leaped back to his habitat! Jesus' reaction was priceless.
And that's our wonderful adventure-filled day! Tips for the summer: Check out to see if your local market participates in grilling contests. Start a garden-- how ever small or big you want it to be. Buy local food. Take pictures of nature. Make friends with the environment. Spend some time researching sustainability.
I know that you'll enjoy it as much as we do. Stay tuned for more from our Fairfield U campus garden and keep eating and loving nature!
Bon Appetit et bonne sante!