The Harvest and the Monarchs
In the past three weeks, the Climate Change Garden has had two big events. First, most of the food crops were harvested last week and we saw differences between the food crops inside and outside the High Tunnel. With the beans, we saw that the plants inside the high tunnel produced more beans than their outside neighbors. We also saw that the peppers have grown a lot larger inside the high tunnel.
The second event happened three weeks ago, and it was the arrival of Monarch Caterpillars! We counted from ten to fifteen caterpillars crawling around the Swamp Milkweed inside the High Tunnel. In the past week, we have counted five chrysalis hidden in the Mountain Mint, inside the High Tunnel. We look forward to seeing some Monarch Butterflies flying around the Garden in the following weeks.