Group Workday: September 30, 2012

Hello everyone! So far this semester has been an exciting one for everyone at the TJDG.  We are well on our way to planning our Garden Party on October 14th!  We are going to have fun activities with useful plants, give a tour of the garden, and have some delicious free food made from some of our harvested plants!  It should be a really fun time and we are excited to share our garden with everyone in the UVa/Charlottesville community.

Raking up acorns that have overtaken the garden!

This past weekend, our group workday was also very productive.  It was a beautiful day, and I know I was overjoyed to take a break from studying to venture out to Hereford and enjoy the weather!   After talking about plans for our garden party, we worked on cleaning up some of the beds and weeding and raking some of the paths to make our garden look nicer for this fall.  Among the leaves and weeds overtaking the paths, there were acorns everywhere!  After raking up a few piles into the wheelbarrow, the paths were starting to look a lot better and I think the garden is going to look great for our visitors next week!

Cleaned up buckwheat and red clover paths

All of the interns here are enjoying taste-testing some of the plants in our garden.  I know I have been waiting all summer to try a maypop, the fruit of the native passionflower vine, and it was well worth the wait!  The fruit inside was very sweet and the seeds reminded me of the inside of a pomegranate!  We also harvested some cowpeas, and are going to boil them with some seasonings and see how they turn out.

Left: Cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata) Middle: Corn (Zea mays) Right: Passionfruit from maypop (Passiflora incarnata)

Marissa was very excited to take home some of our corn!  Although it isn’t a type of corn you would eat off the cob, she was interested in whether some of the corn kernels would pop, and then we could have homemade popcorn!

Overall it was a successful workday. Further details on the garden party will be posted soon!

Kari cleaning up a path


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