Thursday, August 10, 2017
By Amanda Sudilovsky ’19 (2017 Cornell Botanic Gardens Intern)
Additional note on our onions: The onions in the Climate Change Garden have performed differently than may be expected between inside and outside of the high tunnel. It may have been expected for them to be more successful outside since onions would prefer a cooler temperature. Instead, the onions inside the tunnel have grown much larger than outside. It is valuable to note that crops and varieties will respond differently according to the weather patterns of that season. Farmers and gardeners may use high tunnels to grow a better crop depending on these conditions. In this case, the high tunnel may have reduced the negative effects of wind and solar radiation. Can you infer that this variety will do better with higher temperatures as climate change progresses?