A silly clown

It’s quite funny how hysterical professional gardeners and greenhouse staff get when they see aphids. I get it, aphids are the devil – that is, when you’re a tomato grower or whatever. I cannot count count the number of times I have been warned about all the horrors that are aphids – as if IContinue reading “A silly clown”

Work on weekends – I try not to make a habit out of this(!)

I have decided that this will be a work weekend. It’s going against my own policy, and I don’t like it. However, with an ├╝berpregnant wife, it’s not like we’re going to make a spectacular trip or anything. Instead, we spent a lazy morning on the couch and floor, reading children’s books or playing withContinue reading “Work on weekends – I try not to make a habit out of this(!)”

A good batch!

Today was another amazing(ly long) day filled with Zoom presentations from 9.00 am until 3.30 pm. These were the final presentation of the landscape planning course I co-co├Ârdinated this semester with the landscape planners on-campus. I’m responsible for teaching the students a thing or two about ecology, and how landscape planning can be optimized andContinue reading “A good batch!”

I discovered the root-washing station!

Another ecological experiment was successfully finished today. Oh well, almost. The most important harvest is behind us now. I started my day collecting a shitload of liquid nitrogen at the nitrogen tank (silo? What are these things called?) outside our building. This was done with the purpose of flash-freezing our leaf samples in the greenhouse,Continue reading “I discovered the root-washing station!”

Teaching vs. Research

I love teaching. I hate teaching. I don’t know. Maybe I haven’t fully made up my mind yet about teaching. What I absolutely love about teaching are the interactions I have with students. Having interactive group sessions, q and a’s, one-on-one sessions with project students that every week can show a little progress. I loveContinue reading “Teaching vs. Research”

Some garden Zen

A little while ago I built a small ‘greenhouse shelf’ thing. My idea was that I could be growing some veg there, mostly tomatoes and chilies. Just before I built the thing, my colleagues Monika and Sonja gave me a variety of their homegrown tomato and chili starter plants, and my mother-in-law also donated aContinue reading “Some garden Zen”