Howdy, everyone! Thanks to the fantastic (gross) weather we've been having I couldn't do too much on the farm this week. That means, this week's blog will be a bit thinner than usual, but I'll keep it as interesting as possible!
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, that the Howdy Farm every semester we have a huge plant sale. I am super stoked to say that the plant sale is this month! Whoop!! Since we look forward to this event so much we are already getting things started. We have so many people come to our farm for the sale we want everything looking as beautiful as possible. This means I have more weeding in my future. Hooray! (Ugh)
Generally, when you are pulling weeds, most people just grab and yank. Sometimes this works sometimes it doesn't. Just pulling on whatever you can grab won't always get all of the weed. With grass-like weeds, just pulling from the top will rip the leaves off and keep the roots in the ground. Morning Glory though is a different story.
Ironically enough, morning glories are one of my mother's favorite flowers! Here I am ripping up tons of my mom's favorite flowers! So when one popped up in my garden science lab plot, I transplanted it for mom to take home. I told her not to plant it next to any other plants she likes!
In other Howdy Farm news, the seeds I panted for my butterfly garden and sprouting! Last Wednesday I went to the greenhouse to take a look, and I am so excited that so many are already growing! As they grow larger, I will begin to take them out of the greenhouse to harden-off or become adjusted to life outside the greenhouse! I'll keep you updated on that!
Some other fun things that happened this week (although not strictly Howdy Farm related) were the plant rescue and giveaway that my friend Avery and I completed. Allow me to explain. The horticulture department has loads of plants that they use for the labs especially the HORT 202 lab. This past week they finished up the labs involving hundreds of coleus plants and the lab instructors and TAs were just going to throw them all away! So we saved as many as would fit in our cars!
After that adventure, I brought all the ones I "saved" in my dorm. As girls walked by I would ask them if they wanted a free plant. I got many strange looks, but no one turned me down! Eventually, as I unloaded all the plants I just started pulling them outside my window so people could walk by and see them and take one or two. Within a couple of hours, all 15 plants had been claimed! I was super excited, and I can't wait to do that again. Girls even came back to talk to me about their plants later asking for tips on how to best take care of their new coleus.
Yep, so that was my week on the Howdy Farm. I've also been seeing loads of butterflies flying about. Hopefully, I can get things growing around here for the butterflies to enjoy!