The Three Sisters Garden

A Three Sisters garden is an ancient Native American tradition, which includes planting corn, beans, and squash together. The Three Sisters grow well together, because they support each other to grow. Planting the Three Sisters is a tradition common among the Native American farming societies, and is a sustainable system that promotes soil health and a larger harvest on a small plot of land.

Farm to Fork Recipes: Caponata

Late August has brought to the harvest basket a large, beautiful crop of eggplant. Eggplant is versatile and can be  fried, stir-fried, grilled, broiled, baked, roasted, etc. The trick is to get it to be tender, but not mushy. Click here for tips on cooking eggplant.  Key Farm to Fork ingredients: 

TLC Herb Tea

This week with the Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) at Awbury Arboretum was my first time working in the Farm Kitchen. The experience was both knowledgeable and enjoying. Out of the various meals and dishes we cooked, one of my favorites had to be the herbal/mint tea.

Ka’Lynn’s White Pine Tree

Originally Posted 8/3/2015 by Ka’Lynn Hunter The Eastern White Pine (Pinus Strobus) are very giant trees that grow up to at least 250 feet. They have little needles as leaves which make them very unique, in the sun they show pretty white features that not many trees have. The Eastern White Pine has the distinction of…

Isaac’s Bamboo 

Originally posted 8/7/2015 by Issac Spear Bamboo, scientifically named, Bambuseae, is a plant of the grass family that originated in China and now grows all around the world. Five thousand years ago in China when it was discovered, bamboo was used as a building material. Since then, many more uses of the plant have been discovered….

Talia’s Rosa gallica ‘Lafayette’

 Originally Posted 8/7/2015 by Talia  Slater “Ring-around the rosie, A pocket full of posies, Ashes ! Ashes ! We all fall down” There’s a section in the Wyck Rose Garden where it contains a very special type of rose. This rose is called  ‘Lafayette’. When look up this rose, there is a rare chance you’ll find…

Natalie’s Aloe Vera

 Originally Posted 8/3/2015 by Natalie Bonilla Aloe has been around for over 2,000 years. It originated in Africa and belongs, surprisingly, to the lily and onion family. Aloe has been used through the ages for a variety of things. Cleopatra massaged fresh aloe gel on her skin every day to preserve her beauty, and Napoleon’s wife used a lotion of milk and aloe gel for her complexion. However, aloe vera isn’t just for beauty purposes. Aloe has  aesthetic, antibacterial, and tissue restorative properties which makes it great for healing burns from a flame, the sun, or radiation along with sores and poison ivy. All you have to do is break off a leaf, slice it down the middle, and apply the gel to your skin. For a burn or sore that needs more than just a little tender love and care, make a simple poultice by placing the cut leaf on the area and wrapping it with gauze. Depending on the severity of the burn, the tissue regenerates with no scar, and normal  pigmentation of the skin returns. Other than clearing acne and being able to treat oily skin and dandruff, aloe is used everyday all over the world. It’s been used to remove the scent of human before stalking prey. Fishermen in the Atlantic carry aloe vera aboard their boats to stop the pain of a sting from a Portuguese Man o’ War, and farmers use it as an all natural pesticide by mixing the aloe juice with water and spraying it over plants. It works because aloe has a bitter taste which wards off bugs, and you can  use it on yourself as bug repellent. But this isn’t all aloe is capable of. There aren’t hundreds of recipes and uses, but we’ll discuss them in more detail later. I hope this made you a little curious about this often underestimated houseplant, and maybe you’ll check in soon for more on aloe and its awesomeness.

Trang’s Nasturtium

Originally Posted 8/7/2015 by Trang Lam Tropaeolum, commonly known as nasturtium is literally translated into Latin as “nose-twister”. Native to South and Central America, you can find it grown on Awbury Arboretum’s Uptown Farms near the Caroline Cope Farm. Nasturtium has bright flowers and rounded peltate leaves that repel water. It was named by a…

Logan’s Bamboo

Originally Posted 8/7/2015 by Logan Green Bamboo is a very strong and interesting plant. It originated in Eastern China about 5,000 years ago. It has been used for years for things such as chop sticks, fences, baskets, pavilions, and ornamental housing estates. Bamboo begins to grow when it’s spores are spread in a grassed area. The spores begin…

Jovan’s Cowpeas

Originally Posted 8/7/2015 by Jovan Lee Cowpeas are better known as black-eyed peas. The scientific name is Vigna  unguiculata. Cowpeas have come to Awbury to be used as a cover crop on the TLC Uptown Farm. The cowpeas as a cover crop help with the soil to make the soil healthy for our money crops….

Kha’Breah’s Butternut Squash

Originally Posted 8/7/2015 by Kha’Breah Rodgers Butternut squash is a type of squash that is mostly known for eating. We refer to it as squash, but in Australia and New Zealand, it’s known as “butternut pumpkin”. This specific squash is a tannish fruit on the outside, but orange on the inside. Butternut squash is a winter squash…

Jamirah’s Lemon Tree

 Originally Posted 8/13/2015 by Jamirah  Gregory The information you will view today is on the lemon tree, (latin name, citrus limon ) and the fruit it produces is lemons. You will receive a brighter insight on lemons and lemon trees. You will also read about where they come from, ways you can use it and other…