UC Davis Picnic Day


Thank you for joining the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis for one of the largest student-run events in the nation – Picnic Day.

The institute is sharing organic pepper plants grown by students as part of a chile pepper project that’s a collaboration between the UC Davis Student Farm and the Van Deynes plant breeding lab. The Student Farm is growing 50 varieties of chiles from all over the world.

Those who visit our booth received one of two kinds of peppers: a mildly spicy Joe E. Parker or the mild (though sometimes surprisingly spicy) Padron pepper.

Learn how to care for peppers.

The video below features UC Davis Student Farm Intern Jack Taylor and Lead Student Farmer Alice Del Simone explaining how to care for the organic pepper seedlings available at the institute's Picnic Day booth.

 

 


instructions:

  • Because the pot containing your pepper plant is small and has little soil to hold moisture, water your basil daily between now and the time you plant it. To avoid over watering, spray the soil several times with a water bottle. Sun and warmth will also help it mature.
  • Plant your pepper seedling within one week. Remove it from its paper pot, which is biodegradable but would prevent the plant from growing.
  • Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil.
  • Water your pepper plant regularly. The warmer and sunnier its growing conditions, the more water it will need.
  • Water your plant deeply every three days throughout the summer. Water more often if the weather is especially hot.
  • Harvest peppers frequently to encourage growth, as indicated in the video.
  • If the bottom leaves turn yellow, the plant needs more nitrogen. Add a small amount of fish emulsion (available at hardware stores) or compost.

You might have received a basil plant.

Learn how to care for basil.

The video below features UC Davis Student Farm Project Compost Piles Director Natsuki Nakamura explaining how to care for the organic basil seedlings available at the institute's Picnic Day booth.

 

instructions:

  • Because the pot you received the plant in at Picnic Day is small and has little soil to hold moisture, water your basil daily between now and the time you plant it. To avoid over watering, spray the soil several times with a water bottle. Sun and warmth will also help it mature.
  • Plant your basil seedling within one week.
  • Choose a sunny location with well-drained soil.
  • Water your basil regularly. The warmer and sunnier its growing conditions, the more water it will need.
  • Water basil every one to two days throughout the summer.
  • Harvest sprigs rather than leaves, as indicated in the video.
  • Clip or pinch off flowers to encourage leafy growth.


Basil recipes

Tomato pesto made with Russell Ranch Dried Tomatoes is among our favorite basil recipes. The links below include variations on the classic pesto recipe.

 

Russell Ranch Dried Tomatoes are available at the UC Davis Book Store.