- I moved from the NE, and I'm used to loamy soil, not clay.
- I keep learning by trial and error, and I want to have more knowledge so I can avoid killing things and replanting them the next year.
- I want to grow vegetables organically.
- I want to keep wildlife from eating my vegetables in the gentlest way I can.
- I am interested in community gardening.
- I'd like to grow roses.
- I grew up on a farm and am passionate about agriculture and want to learn more about horticulture.
- I recently moved, and my old yard had a lot of sun and my new yard has a lot of shade.
- I'd like to grow fruit trees.
- My goal is to have as little grass in my yard as possible.
- I know nothing and want to know more.
And my favorite:
- I work in a cemetery and want to learn how to spruce it up--make it look less dead, no pun intended.
The class itself was pretty intense. It moved very quickly, and I was glad I had a science background. We spent a lot of time talking about parts of plants, down to the parts of a stem; plant processes such as photosynthesis, transpiration, and respiration; and ways to identify plants based on leaf structure and placement.
I picked up a couple interesting facts:
It is not true that watering in the middle of the day is hard on plants.*
Sweet potatoes are root tissue, whereas white potatoes are stem tissue. That's why you can sprout a new potato plant from a sweet potato, but you'll only get spindly ick from the buds on white potatoes.
Fruit are ripened ovaries.**
I think the next few will also be intense because I know so little about each subject. Tonight we talk about soil and soil diseases, and next week we cover insects and plant pathology.
*Is anyone else's world rocked by that? I mean, when he explained it, it made sense, but....
** Because I'm a 12-year-old girl, that grosses me out.