We planted some climbing okra in the high tunnel this year. The seeds were given to us by Gene Campbell last year. Climbing okra isn't a real okra but is a member of the cucumber-gourd-pumpkin family or Cucurbita. The scientific name is Luffa acutangula and some of the common names are climbing okra, Chinese okra and ridged gourd. It is a warm season annual vine with bright … [Read more...] about Climbing okra anyone?
The station is exploring Gourds to be grown and dried for use as a value added product. On April 4 Luffa Gourd seeds were planted in the greenhouse. The luffa was planted in the High Tunnel on May 24. May 24, 2019 a variety of additional gourd seeds were planted in the greenhouse. Once large enough, the plants will be planted in the field. … [Read more...] about Gourds Planted
The raspberries in grow bags were shoot thinned today. We want to maintain 4 - 5 shoots per bag (square foot) for production in the high tunnel. … [Read more...] about Raspberries shoot thinned today
We removed the straw from the top of the bagged raspberries in mid-March. Today, Jeremy and Shelia fertilized each raspberry bag with 1 tablespoon of Osmocote 14-14-14. We recorded two raspberry bags of Crimson Giant did not have shoots or grow last year. Besides these two, it looks as though all of the raspberries have overwintered well into their sixth season. We hope that … [Read more...] about Fertilizing raspberries
Red Pontiac potatoes and yellow onions were planted in the high tunnel by our field crew on February 20th. These crops are purchased by us for use in our annual fish fries and other events. We also have some ginger and turmeric growing on a heat mat in the greenhouse and we will transfer this to the high tunnel just to have a store of the cultivars available. Since we are … [Read more...] about High Tunnel Update