Its Harvest time here in the horticulture department. Terri Lee, a production student, has been spending most of her time recording information on the many different cultivars growing in the Potager on the east side of the Apple Orchard. A Potager is a form of gardening that creates a formal Kitchen garden. There are pathways, shape designs, and even a maze made out of everyday fruit and vegetables. In the last Six weeks Terri has harvested almost 700 lbs of Summer squash and is just now coming into her winter Squash. She has planted 76 varieties of tomatoes and 43 different peppers. She also has a specialty heads of lettuce, quite a few varieties of cucumbers, celery, carrots, and even eggplant. Terry has harvested 105 lbs of cucumbers since July 15th with the Mini white cucumbers being the best yielding. Mini white cucumbers are a sweet variety great for sandwiches, snacks, and salads. On August 29th we were all excited as we discovered our first watermelon ready for the picking. Harvest time is what makes everything worthwhile. Our plant friends give back for all the hard work we’ve endured tending to them. If you have some extra time definitely head up to the Potager and see what has been growing and the things you can do in your own backyard.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.