This summer has created a wonderful harvest in the Learning Garden. The wheat in the Celtic Spiral is tall, and the sunflowers that were planted earlier in the season by students have fully bloomed, providing a bright welcome to the space.
We have many veggies growing in the garden including watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkins, corn, carrots, beets, zucchini, cucumber, eggplant, peppers and more! The herbs that were planted in previous years have been flourishing and this year we added a chocolate mint and lavender plant to the herb bed.
The snap peas have come and gone by this point, but the zucchini and cucumber have provided ongoing veggies to harvest. So far they have been eaten by the friendly deer that likes to frequent the garden and sample our vegetables, as well as some students, faculty and staff.
In the area between the Celtic Spiral and the pond, the area was covered in stone dust by Facilities Management in preparation for the Al King memorial lookout in the area. The clearing removed several lavender bushes and a saskatoon bush, but it also removed a lot of invasive plants that were taking over the area.
The pumpkin and spaghetti squash plants have expanded out of the garden beds and spilled over on the the pathway.
The potato plants (purple, red, and gold) are all flourishing and we can begin to harvest them soon!
The moroccan spearmint has started flowering and is attracting a lot of bees, as are the purple coneflowers that were part of the herb bed.
The first round of carrots, beets, and parsnips are nice and big, and the second round are still little sproutlings trying to get established.
The zucchini, cantaloupe, and pumpkin are all in flower, which has been a lovely addition to the garden foliage.
The corn is growing, but the deer has been nibbling on the ends of the corn cobs so hopefully that means the corn is tasty!
That's all for now!