Woody Ornamental Production

 
The Jasmine Project

Growth update (October 2001) of the jasmine ground cover planted in raised beds at the MREC container production facility in late March 2001. To recapitulate...the two species of woody vining groundcover being used are the Asiatic jasmine and the Texas long leaf jasmine, the growing substrates are Pine Bark and Sand and the three planting densities are 6inch (▬), 8 inch (■)  and 12 inch (▲) spacing.

Overview of Experiment:
 
Asiatic jasmine, transplanted in Pine Bark at the following spaces:
6"
8"
12"
     
Asiatic jasmine, transplanted in Sand at the following spaces:
6"
8"
12"
     
Texas long leaf jasmine, transplanted in Pine Bark at spaces
of 6 inches, 8 inches, 12 inches:
6"
8"
12"
     
Texas long leaf jasmine, transplanted in Sand at the following spaces:
6"
8"
12"
     

 

Jasmine growth just prior to the Asiatic jasmine harvest (January 2002)
     
Asiatic jasmine, transplanted in Pine Bark at spaces of 6 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches, with their respective root systems (the underside of the harvestable slab):
     
Asiatic jasmine, transplanted in Sand at spaces of 6 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches, with their respective root systems:
     
Texas long leaf jasmine, transplanted in Pine Bark at spaces of 6 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches, with their respective root systems:
     
Texas long leaf jasmine, transplanted in Sand at spaces of 6 inches, 8 inches, and 12 inches, with their respective root systems:
     

 

The Jasmine Project - Jasmine Harvest


The Asiatic jasmine beds that were planted in the third week of March 2001 were harvested on the 14th and 15th of January 2002. The objective of the harvest was to cut the beds into 1 ft x 2 ft slabs, stack them on pallets, and send them to the Tampa area for Phase 2.

Harvesting
To begin with, the plastic tubing surrounding the beds was removed.
       
The beds were then cut in half for easier conveyance and maneuverability.
       
The split beds were then placed on an improvised tow and dragged to the cutting area.
       
At the cutting area, the beds were placed on the ground and a wooden outfit was laid over it to guide the cutting of the beds into 1ft x 2ft slabs.
       
An edger was used to cut the bed into slabs and a shovel edge was used to emphasize the calculated cuts.
       
 
   
       
The wooden outfit was lifted and the cut slabs were stacked on a pallet.
       
The underlying plastic of the bed was cut along with the with the slabs and used to transport the slabs on to the pallet.
   
       

 

Viability of the slabs:
A piece of jasmine before installation.  
       
A stack of jasmine  in comparison with a stack of sod.  
       
Laying down jasmine in contrast to laying down sod .
       

 

Installing the jasmine:
A bed with drip tubing is used to lay out the jasmine.    
       
The jasmine is installed while the underlying plastic is removed.
       
A close up of the jasmine bed.
       
Overviews of the installed jasmine.