Monday, August 27, 2012

Updates from the greenhouse (and basil!)

Hello again. Here are a few pictures from the greenhouse, along with a comparison of basil growth over the month of August.

Gigantic sugarcane

Buena Creek Aloe Vera

The above picture is of a pot of "Mexican Sedum", purchased in February of last year to determine how well it will stand hot and humid conditions in the greenhouse. It's grown slowly but has survived and seems to be doing well. Each leaf of this succulent can be plucked off and placed in soil, and it will grow into a new plant. This would be a great candidate for the green roof.

Another pot of "Redskin Pepper"

Below is a pot of six spicy globe basil plants. The first picture was taken in late June, two weeks after planting, and one week before spraying with a 150 ppm solution of gibberellic acid.The second picture was taken in late August, just before harvesting for pesto. Notice that the basil in the background is quite tall for such a plant.

The basil produced the most scintillating pesto ever, turning the parmesan more cheesy, the pine nuts more like peanut butter, and the garlic more intense. Compared to the pesto made from Dolly Basil it was gone much faster. There's still a bunch left, if anyone needs some (just email and ask for Yosef's basil).

1 comment:

  1. Great post! The sugar cane really blew me away when I saw it for myself.