Poison Ivy and Weed Identification

Poison Ivy and Weed Identification – Student Post by Indigo

poison ivy weed identificationNothing seems quite as serene as taking a stroll down the back roads of Upstate New York, especially to a local like myself. The Summer is in full swing – the sun seems brighter, birds and insects sing their promiscuous songs, and the foliage resembles a lush sea of green. This is about as peaceful as life gets out here on the Lansing-Groton town line. I took a walk down the street the other day to find specimens for our plant-identification assignment, as the roadside bordering the woods is cluttered with weeds of various kinds. There are so many species; one tends to get lost in the mix of it all. After a few minutes of rummaging, I find some flowering ones, then pick them to be pressed and identified back at home. I notice and recognize a few varieties in the ditch I’m in, but little did I know I had missed one of particular importance. I’d once gotten Poison Ivy years ago in my childhood – you think I would’ve learned from the first experience. Apparently not.

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Strawberry Production on the TC3 Farm

Strawberry Production – This Week on the TC3 Farm – Student Post by Indigo

Strawberry ProductionFor me, nothing brings back Summer memories quite like fresh, sweet strawberries. Strawberries remind me of that sweet spot in the early Summer where nature is buzzing with vibrancy and warm nights go on seemingly endlessly. Before the strawberry eating beings, some work in the field needs to be done!

Last Fall we transplanted the strawberry plants into their beds and covered them to protect against the cold during the Winter months to come. Now as we enter late Spring, we go out to the field to uncover the plants. I’m happy to find that they survived and are well on their way to producing juicy fruits in the near Summer season. Last semester in the Fall, after planting, we trimmed back the extending vines, or runners, that extend from the “mother plant”, and produce new growth which eventually becomes established in the Earth. Some farms, like the one here at TC3, prefer cutting off these runner plants, as they take up more energy to grow. When runners are cut, the mother plant can focus its energy on producing berries, making them bigger and tastier, rather than making baby plants. Our farm is specifically looking to focus on the quality, not quantity of our strawberries.

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