Phase Two

Congrats! If you’re reading this, you’ve survived the first few weeks of classes. Elon’s Community Garden is now full of new student plots ready to grow! Each student chooses their own designated area in one of the garden’s multiple beds, and also decides what they want to plant. 

So many seedlings!

So many seedlings!

Students working together on their new plots.

Students working together on their new plots.

 

Students still need to tend to the other beds in the garden as well. Our okra bed has been doing fantastic!

 

Weeding out the okra bed

Weeding out the okra bed

 

By definition, okra is a flowering plant known for its edible green or purple seedpods. Cut up the pods and you can boil, stew, fry or simply simmer them. Edible okra oil can be pressed from the seeds too, and is high in unsaturated fats. Any way you cook okra is guaranteed to be delicious and nutritious! Okra itself is high in fiber, vitamin C, antioxidants, calcium and potassium.

Green okra seedpod

Green okra seedpod

 

And thanks to Professor Strickland for providing homemade fertilizer. It will add an extra boost to the garden’s crops. It’s shaping up to be a great season! 

Prof. Michael Strickland teaching students the ingredients and benefits of the fertilizer.

Prof. Michael Strickland teaching students the ingredients and benefits of the fertilizer.

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