We spent our last hour at the farm in the greenhouses which is normally a warm, humid oasis for plants, but ours has turned into a plant’s nightmare. Bugs have made this their new home including common greenhouse pests such as thripes and whiteflies. Greenhouses offer perfect environments for bugs such as these to thrive as they offer a closed, humid environment with no predators. These pests can easily take over a greenhouse, and once they gain a foothold they are difficult to remove. In response to the bug invasion, we took all the plants outside to tables where the wind, weather, and predators can remove these bugs.
On my way out of the greenhouse I stopped short in my tracks at a monstrous plant that seemed to reach the roof. Upon closer inspection, I found perfect cucumbers hanging comfortably from thin vines. Tendrils reached and wrapped around strings hanging from the walls and roof, allowing the plant to stand over 6 feet tall. Some of the tendrils appeared straight while others were a spiral or helical shape; it turns out that when the cucumber plant comes in contact with a solid surface it curls up into this awesome spiral shape. Check out a cool time-lapse video of this phenomenon in action from researchers in Harvard as showcased by National Public Radio on Science Friday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbzgv5iKEyY My new found cucumber knowledge let me enjoy the crunchy, refreshing cuc I sampled later even more.