Day 5: TGIF – Thank God It’s Fun!

This blooming tree has been filling their air around the Meeting Barn at Morven with THE most lovely aroma all week!

This blooming tree has been filling their air around the Meeting Barn at Morven with the most lovely aroma all week!

It’s the fifth day of class here at the Morven Summer Institute and man our students are workin’ hard! Getting through a whole semester’s worth of material in 10 days can be extremely challenging and takes a ton of diligence and perseverance, both from students and from professors!

But, let me tell you, it’s still all smiles here at Morven and students are obviously having a great time despite the academic rigor of the coursework. I strongly believe that each burst of fresh air, twitter of a passing bird, and hum of a cicada that we’re hearing out here breaths new inspiration into our MSI students and allows them to power through their intense readings and research projects.

As promised, I’d like to give a more full description of what each of the students in the Agro-Ecology class will be working on down in the Kitchen Garden for the next few days…

1) Navona Gallegos and Emily Heymann will be testing the natural pesticidal effects of lemon balm on various plants in the Kitchen Garden. They have made a lemon balm paste and purchased an organic lemon balm oil extract that they have spread on tagged plant leaves in the garden.

Cabbage plant tagged for lemon balm natural pesticide application.

Cabbage plant tagged for natural lemon balm pesticide application.

Sweet pepper plant tagged for lemon balm natural pesticide application.

Sweet pepper plant tagged for natural lemon balm pesticide application.

Lettuce leaf tagged for natural lemon balm pesticide application.

Leaf of a potato plant tagged for natural lemon balm pesticide application.

Leaf of a potato plant tagged for natural lemon balm pesticide application.

2) Helen Brodde Lamb will be monitoring bee pollination patterns with varying sizes and distances of populations of blossoming chive plants.

Large population of blooming chive plants in the Kitchen Garden (see the bee colony in the background!)

Large population of blooming chive plants in the Kitchen Garden (see the bee colony in the background!)

3) Charlie Garcia will be testing the adage “What goes together, grows together!” using tomato and basil plants (which are believed to grow well together…and quite obviously go well together!) Charlie has planted five plots of tomato-tomato, basil-basil, and tomato-basil plants in each plot. He will be testing whether growing tomatoes and basil together enhances their growth rate and success.

Tomato-Tomato

Tomato-Tomato

Basil-Basil

Basil-Basil

Tomato-Basil

Tomato-Basil

Charlie's whole row (5 plots).

Charlie’s whole row (5 plots).

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