So it's March 21st, the "official" first day of spring. Except that it feels like summer here already. Because it gets so hot in the actual summer, late winter/early spring is the start of the first growing season. In my Organic Food Production class, we've each adopted our own vegetable to grow during the semester, and I chose popcorn.
|Popcorn! Sprouts showed up just in time for spring.|
My popcorn has sprouted already after we planted 10 days ago - woohoo! The pipes in the picture are part of the drip irrigation system. Drip irrigation was actually developed in Israel, and is an essential part of agriculture in this region. There are small holes spaced evenly along the line, and only the necessary amount of water is emitted. The water used for the plants is pretty saline (groundwater from the area), so we made sure to grow hardy plants that are appropriate for this environment. I'll let you know how my popcorn turns out!