Trowels descend into soil

The week of May 19th began with a hot haze so it gave us a taste of the upcoming summer heat.  On warm days, an afternoon breeze is a treat.  As I post this, though, the temperature has dipped down, so our cold sensitive plants remain in the greenhouse (mainly tomatoes and peppers).

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Pepper plants in the greenhouse

My name is Michelle Arseneault and I will be joining Michelle Lamarre by blogging our experience at the GCUOF.  (I am excited to be working at the University of Guelph to improve peoples ability to identify weeds and to help them appreciate edible weeds.)  For a few days a week I help at the GCUOF!

Of last weeks many events, we planted carrot and parsnip seeds, and transplanted celery and celeriac into beds with beautiful soil.  This soil is sweetly scented, smelling fresh and satisfying, I imagine you would enjoy the smell too.  Also, the soil is loose because we avoid compaction of planting beds by stepping only in pathways (crucial!!), by incorporating compost for organic matter, and by maintaing a good crop rotation.  Our trowels descended into the soil almost effortlessly and the roots on the transplants were embraced by the soil.

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Becca, Michelle L. and a volunteer planting parsnips! We always appreciate volunteer help!

Rain clouds threatened to interrupt our plans, yet, it rained after work hours. Phew.  Moderate rain is welcomed since it quenches the thirst of the seeds and the seedlings!

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Celery and celeriac in the foreground with rhubarb and raspberry bushes in the background.

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