Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Even though it’s the last day of October, things are still busy at the garden. Yesterday, the rice patties that were put in the garden this past summer were composted. 

Rice patties, pumpkins and dirt, oh my!

Rice patties, pumpkins and dirt, oh my!

But don’t be afraid! Some of the rice was saved from the patties. To harvest rice, each individual grain must be removed from the plant straw; a process called threshing. After the rice is threshed, it must be winnowed. The chaff, or the outer husk pieces that cling to the grain, must also be removed. Lastly, the the grains are rubbed together so the outer bran layer is gone and only the piece of rice is left. Stay tuned to see how far students go with harvesting the rice!

Rice from the plant

Rice from the plant

Apparently some insects and bugs in the garden love the soil left behind the rice patties. Talk about scary! 

Centipedes, millipedes and a slug

Centipedes, millipedes and a slug

Enjoy receiving your own treats tonight. Happy Halloween from Elon Community Garden!

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