Rain, Rain Go Away

It was a cloudy and misty day here at Elon University, but that did not stop students from heading out to Loy Farms for some work!

After pulling up crops out of a bed, Max and AJ did some fantastic U-baring!

AJ and Max using u-bars on a newly cleared bed.

AJ and Max using u-bars on a newly cleared bed.

Using a u-bar is not an easy process, but it is extremely beneficial. A gardener must first push the tines all the way into the ground, a difficult task which may require the force of one’s body weight in order to get the spokes in deep enough. Then, the individual pushes the tines back up to the surface, thus breaking up any dirt clumps and providing aeration while leaving the soil layers intact. A u-bar restores a messy bed that has long been in use to a healthier state for a new round of planting.

Meanwhile, other students pulled up a bed of radishes. After multiple testings, it was determined that the variety of radishes included both the spicy and non-spicy kinds. For delicious radish recipes, check out our “Food” page. The radishes that were not taken for personal use were composted in one of Loy Farm’s composting bins.

Erin displaying just one of the many radishes that were composted.

Erin displaying just one of the many radishes that were composted.

One of composting bins that are scattered around the farm.

One of composting bins that are scattered around the farm.

Despite the weather, it was an entertaining and productive day out at the farm. There is something about the fresh fall air that makes one come alive even when the sun is missing.

Andrea being silly!

Andrea being silly!

 

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