Sunday, January 14, 2018

silks

there are several zea mays mexicana plants downstairs that are in bloom...
this plant among the nasturtiums...
has been blooming for the longest time of all...
the base of the stem is thickening noticeably...
and true silks have appeared...so there is an ear in the works down there...these were planted between 78 and 72 days ago ( october 28th and novemnber 3rd )...the season for these plants i s around 155 days...so around mid-mid season which, in an outdoor plants, is too early for ears...seemingly not indoors...adaptation? probably working with the environment they have to placate the relentless dna...whatever the reason, i am pleased at the progress which i was not expecting...viable seed would be, for me, incredible...we will see.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

thaw's over

winter has made something of a return on the south end of the inland sea...
and it is "lake effect" snow that is trying to reinsulate the winter rye...
it's january however there are still teosinte seeds in ears that have not opened yet much less shattered...
the original growth on this mashua plant that was grown from a cutting has died back which led me to think the peat pot was becoming too confining, so...
so i transplanted it into a container and put it in the plant room under the lights with the rest of the mashua...
the spuds in the nursery are coming along well...
as is the yacon ( although there is still no word from the third rhizome )
there are plentiful nasturtiums cohabiting with the teosinte...
another teosinte flower is blooming...
however i still have no real idea what this structure on the plant next door might be...we will have to wait for event to evolve before we find some conclusion...
and last ( but surely not least ) Jean's "puddle wheat is looking robust ( along with its cohabiting onions )...it has been under the lights for seventy-six days...if all goes well ears should begin to form late this month and ( perhaps ) we will have indoor wheat berries before spring...

Thursday, January 11, 2018

january thaw

the eleventh of january finds temperatures somewhat elevated...this will be ending this evening they say as winter makes a return for the weekend...
a quick look out back shows me that the four or so inches of snow we had on the ground until recently did the job of insulating the winter rye from the cold...hoping fro more coverage before the next sub=zero cold...
the same snow did the same insulating job for the garlic in the bed of my truck...the asparagus i cut down from the community garden did its part as well...the overwintering is going okay...so far...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

a bit of growth and a comparison

the spud on the right has had a growth spurt over the past few days ( the mashua to the left has added some leaves as well, however it is a different plant than the one in the first photo...that one has been transplanted )
the nasturtiums ( top of these three photos ) and the mashua are exhibiting their kinship in a long and storied andean lineage...and while we are talking mashua, i brought in the trellises i was using for their parents outdoors last season so they would have something to vine on...
the yacon seems happy..at least two of the three anyway...still no word from the third rhizome...
and this structure on the teosinte plant still looks more like a fir than a flower to me...expect many photos until it sorts itself out ( the plants know what to do )

Monday, January 8, 2018

no such thing as status quo

justa quick update to show that, while it may be slow, there is always movement in the basement...the first yacon up continues the process of leafing out and has turned very green...
the second sprout is doing its best to catch up...
the two mashua transplants from last weekend are doing well...
as is the one from earlier in the month...
this container of teosinte...
has irrupted in nasturtiums...seeds on the loos and environment that is conducive to growth...flowers? we will see...
and while we are talking teosinte, this is still one of the oddest structures i have ever seen on a teosinte plant..definitely keeping an eye on this one...
Jean's puddle wheat is looking robust, though no signs of ears as yet...
as are the onions cohabiting with it...new growth, surprising variations, unexpected guests...the new year is booming along.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

seconds, thirds, and a bit of genetic variation

the yacon that sprouted a couple of days ago has begun to leaf out...
and has been joined by a sprout form another rhizome...there is one more in that container...no word yet...
the two mashua plants on the left of the photo both had roots protruding through the bottoms of their respective peat pots...
so i filled a couple of five gallon buckets with compost and potting soil, gave them new homes, and found some room under the lights for them...
the mashua i transplanted on new year's day seems to be adapting itself well to its expanded living space...the gardener is pleased and is ever hopeful of tubers to plant in spring...
this zea mays mexicana plant has come forth with a flower that looks radically different from the others down there ( you'll have to pardon the paper backdrop, however the camera wanted definite contrast ) all most fir like in structure compared with...
compared to this one which is representative of the rest that have emerged down there which all look more like the standard grass flower...i can only wonder what will transpire and will be watching
finally, i am convinced this is a one-seed zea mays mexicana ear forming...the seed is at the base of the stem, and if you look to the right of the bottom row of flowers you can see the silks protruding...i am uncertain of what viability this seed may have...but i am to find out..if it grows to maturity.