Tuesday, October 17, 2017

weary of teosinte?

if so you might want to bail after the preliminaries...
temperature today was seasonably warm...and there is no frost forecast through the twenty-sixth of the month...which is twenty-four days past the average frost date...averages lie, that's true...however it does seem to be rather a long season...
warm or not the tomato in the east bed is still confused...these things happen...even in the best of gardens...
the leaves on the teosinte that was blown over last saturday night have begun to look like they are dying back...
which might disturb me if it weren't october and if the upright teosinte didn't have its leaves dying back as well ( if you live near a field of dense yellow #2 field corn have a look at it...it is dying back as well )...it season is ending and the seed production is getting all the energy...
the ears on the horizontal stalks are still as green and as functional as...
as the ones on the upright stalks...so..with some fortunate weather they may actually mature...still hopeful...
and meanwhile the sunshine and warm temperatures are helping the garlic in the bed of my truck establish itself before winter...new shoot coming up mean more food for the roots...a bit more compost and, perhaps, some straw as the weather inevitably cools, and we may just have organic garlic in the truck garden...

Monday, October 16, 2017

spuds and ears

this bucket of died back spuds yielded a handful of fingerling potatoes of the elmer's blue variety..it also yielded lunch along with some butter and a bit of garlic from earlier in the season...lunch from the yard...
despite the weather related damage inflicted on the northern tepehuan teosinte there are multiple ears still on intact stalks and there is no frost in the forecast for the next ten days...things may be alright yet...
and these are structures the zea mays parvagluumis i grew last season never got close to producing...they produced seed but it was immature and the ears were still interior to the stalks...these are new to me and, if this weather holds, may provide some education...we'll see.

busy

always good to find apis around.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

there have been casualties

the temperature this morning is seasonable...
and we got another inch and three quarters of rain overnight...which in and of itself is fine...however...
both the zea mays parvaglumis and the northern tepehuan teosinte suffered some wind damage with a number of stalks falling over...the zea mays parvaglumis is not a matter fo much concern for me...i had zero expectations of anything like viable seed from it and i have a fairly large quantity frozen and more i just purchased...the northen tepehuan is another story...
two stalks of one plant are bent over and split while a third snapped entirely...teosinte wants to fall over as it matures anyway so i left the damaged stalks laying and we will see if the splits in the stalks are terminal or if the seeds still mature...we will use the difficulty as a learning experience and see what transpires...
i removed the stalk that had completely broken and had a look...it was alive with ears which is unfortunate, however, it is from the plant that began producing later...the plant with the older ears is undamaged so the news is not catastrophic and part of this one will be dried and presereved simply because i want to...
i opened one of the ears and it had two sub-ears which i husked to expose the seeds which are ...i ate some just to see...if you have ever nibbled a blade of grass from the lawn you have an idea of the flavor ( these are grasses after all ) except the seeds are sweeter...the outer shell of the seed was chewable but it was very fibrous and when i had extracted the germ from the seed i ended up spitting them out...they were chewable but seemed indigestible...more on this as events unfold.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

we can always discuss the weather

temperatures here have fallen into the "normal" range after being warmer than "normal" earlier this week...
"normal" hasn't prevented us from receiving over an inch and a half of rain in the last four hours and, looking at the radar images, there seems to be more on the way...
there is standing water all over the back yard ( that is a wild strawberry plant submerged in there )...
and the nasturtiums are looking a bit weatherbeaten ( though they show no signs of letting up in blooming )...
their cousin the mashua on the other hand enjoys a lot of water and they are still very lush and robust...
and the brussels sprouts seem fine with the moisture too...
the temperature variations may be confusing the tomatoes though...they are taking their time...
the rain isn't impacting the teosinte which is still erupting in ears...
and both stands of teosinte are looking reasonably hearty for almost the middle of october...we'll see how long it lasts.