Sunday, April 22, 2018

jean's puddle wheat

it has become a warm and sunny day ( finally ) here...
so i took jean's puddle wheat and its cohabiting onions out for a sunbath...
i took the two onions tot he bed on the south side of the house to place them in a more permanent home...
both plants were extremely pot bound after a winter in the basement so i shook their roots loose...
and planted both in holes deep and wide enough to accommodate their root systems...
while i was digging the holes i turned up an earth worm which always pleases me...it tells me the soil is organically healthy and that the fertility isn't out of a box of chemicals...a good sign of healthy soil...obviously the onions are staying out...so will jean's puddle wheat unless the temperature is near the frost level...it will be coming in then...it never has the proper conditions to reproduce in the basement...no ears of grain in sight...still..it was a fair season downstairs from its germination in a puddle until today...we will see how long it can go on...stay tuned.

green around the yard

because inter species concern and cooperation probably shouldn't be reserved to one conscience salving day a year
brussels sprouts
hard red spring wheat
einkorn wheat
emmer wheat...
wonter rye...
ramps...
egyptian walking onions...
alfalfa to set nitrogen and provide nesting material for the solitary bees as well as another nitrogen setting legume, winter vetch

Saturday, April 21, 2018

ramp story I

a progression.

tweleve

the community garden is looking a bit barren except for the purslane and a bit of alfalfa...that will happen in april when the population of the garden is mostly transplanted annuals..it is not bereft of growth..though it is pretty much what was growing last time i went out there...
there's just more of it...i counted eleven spears of asparagus that have broken surface...
and the garlic that parker! planted in september of 2016, which obviously was not completely harvested, has volunteered for another season...so..garlic can grow as a perennial...
and the twelfth? just broke surface in my backyard..i will be planting asparagus seed i harvested last autumn fro the community garden out there shortly to see if i can repeat the spears from seed i managed to succeed at in the community garden out back.