Monday, May 25, 2009
Apparently potatoes are finicky. They can't have too much water, but they need some. They like certain minerals in the soil, but not too much. In an attempt to satisfy their water needs we put in soaker hoses, what a brilliant invention! Lets hope the potatoes agree.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Our potatoes have pushed their way into the world! How exciting. Only the fingerlings have come up but the reds and yukon golds must be close. We also planted a salad mix and had to thin the squash, which was pretty traumatizing for me. I felt so vested in each start and then I had to chop them! I realize its the way everyone does it but next year it might have to be Ian's job.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Aneka and I made up the "animal sign" team. We found a raven skull (above); a small bird skull and some bones; three geese nests with down, egg shells and goose poop; a full set of wings, which were still connected, that we thought were from a gull and a live alligator lizard!
On the island we also saw these beautiful douglas fir cones. Neither Aneka or I had ever seen fir cones like this. Now we are on the look out for pink cones on campus! We also found the first tway blade, a small orchid, of the season.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
...I saw my first black bear of the season this weekend. Just minutes from my back door. I was with a group of Earth Corp volunteers, a few of whom had never seen a bear in the wild before. It was pretty exciting and now we know that bears around campus are officially out of hibernation!