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Good Gourd!

Pumpkins Squashes and Gourds !!!!   Cucurbita (Latin for gourd) is a genus of herbaceous vines native to the Andes and Mesoamerica. They are grown worldwide for their edible fruit and seeds.  We grow many of these in our customers rooftop gardens!   The five domesticated species are Cucurbita argyrosperma, C. ficifolia, C. maxima, C. […]

THE TENT MAKERS

TENT MAKERS   Summer has come to an end and some of us are looking forward to a cooler seasonal change.  Especially the tent making caterpillars !!!!!   Really scary picture of a tent caterpillar nest !   LIFECYCLE   This is a specialized sub group of butterflies and moths, the young (caterpillars) of this […]

CEDAR APPLE RUST

WHAT IS THAT !   Fungal blisters on apple leaf   As the summer progresses into fall gardeners start noticing these blisters on their apple tree leaves.  It’s a fungus !!! This disease is one of several caused by the genus Gymnosporangium. Its called Cedar Apple Rust.   Life cycle on broadleaf plants   The […]

THE SHAPE OF LEAVES

What is a leaf?   A leaf is the main organ attached to the stem.  It is specialized for photosynthesis. Over time, it has evolved into a plethora of different shapes, sizes and characteristics. These vary considerably depending largely on their adaptation to climate. Leaves have also adapted to the available sunlight, presence of grazing […]

BARK !

Introduction   Bark is the outermost layer of tissue on a mature plant. It is made mostly of dead rectangular cork cells that fit tightly together.  It is pretty much watertight! The bark on trees and shrubs is as distinctive and individual as the species that produce them.  Not surprising, there is a large variation […]

 
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