Sunday, August 7, 2011

Picnic in the Greenhouse

One of the special events open to winterovers at McMurdo is the occasional opportunity to have a picnic lunch in the greenhouse. As exciting as it is to experience winter in Antarctica, it's refreshing to spend time among other living things. The greenhouse is not very big, but it is packed full of trays of vegetables, including lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and bean sprouts. Much of this food is grown for Midwinter dinner, but occasionally there will be enough lettuce to have a salad for dinner one night.

Rows upon rows of green, leafy things!

Emily runs the greenhouse which includes feeding and watering the plants, keeping things clean, and shoveling big piles of snow which build up quickly in front of the greenhouse entrance. It's a good bit of effort; even on the Condition One days when most of the station is off work, Emily has to take care of the plants, and that means lots of shoveling. Thanks for all your hard work, Emily!! :)

Oh, how warm and cozy it is in the greenhouse!

Gareth, Kyle, and Larry enjoying their lunches

Kyle is definitely happy to be here. :)




JalapeƱo peppers!

Chard! (I think...)

Lots of lettuce!
After eating lunch, Larry fell asleep in one of the hammocks... did I.

Mmmm... so cozy with a full stomach. :)

The last vegetables from the greenhouse were harvested this week, and we won't get any more fresh vegetables until Winfly, which begins two weeks from today. It'll be so nice to eat fresh food again on a regular basis! :-D Many thanks Emily for all your hard work! :)

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