Pedagogy of the Plants

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Honeydew Trampolines

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Last year’s melons were suspended in the air, each wrapped in pantyhose hammocks hung from the bamboo trellis.  This year, they’ll stay on the ground, slightly elevated on improvised hosiery trampolines.

Six wicker baskets cost a dollar at the Habitat Re-Store down the street, and the queen size hose are less than two bucks.  Family Dollar didn’t have large sizes, but the lady was kind enough to pull a pair out to get a better idea of how to stretch them, then she recommended the beauty supply place (Joy Joy) around the corner.

First, cut the feet.

Next, cut lengths that’ll suit the basket’s diameter.

Pull the length of hosiery around as shown.

Stretch taught, then tie both ends.

Some don’t need to be tied, yet remain tight.

The original plan was to use ceramic bowls, but baskets let water through, preventing pooling (and mosquitoes).  The heavier fruit sags pretty close to the bottom of the basket, so as they swell in size, they might need an additional layer of support to remain resting mid air.

Written by Cameron Brooks

July 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm

More Orbs!

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Twice as many melons swell on the vine this summer, and they need support before the all-you-can-eat buffet opens for insects on the ground.  Click here to see last year’s crop, and stay tuned for a new and improved hosiery hammock/trampoline design…

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June 25, 2012 at 9:42 am

Army Helmet Planter on the Porch

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The planter is inspired by an SOA Watch logo (¡Ya Basta!).  Click here to see photos of a ghost plant that used to occupy this helmet.

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June 25, 2012 at 8:52 am

Moss and Maple Syrup

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June 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Woody Okra and Catnip

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Okra quickly crosses that fine line between signature viscous crunch and woodiness.  Large, stiff seed pods dry above kitty crack in the kitchen window.

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June 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm

2012 Summer School Veggies

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After a trip down to the coast, I biked to school this evening to check out our class vegetable bed.  Titian tomatoes split from rain, and the pepperocini weigh heavy on stalks.

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June 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Displaced Pairing

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The small dendritic heap’s former home was a sandy path winding through pirate, French Huguenot, and Confederate soldier graves in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

In our classroom, kids can’t resist the urge to touch and squeeze succulent leaves.  Now and then I’ll get a worried glance from a curious student who accidentally bumped leaf from stem, but the experience becomes favorably memorable when they discover a displaced life slowly taking root from a harmless accident.

Click here for more posts featuring Spanish moss and other peculiar epiphytes.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm