Saturday, February 17, 2018

next month will be different

i hadn't been out to the community garden for some time so when the time became available this morning i went out to see what was what...and i saw pretty much what i expected which was snow...
i did find a few other noteworthy things...some of the tomatoes that were still on the vine last time i was out there have been freeze-dried...
and this one, for lack of better terminology, has shattered and dumped its seeds...there will be volunteer tomatoes soon enough if the bed is left to its own devices ( unlikely given that gardening is wholesale human intervention...still..one or two may sneak through a spring weeding )...
it has been a bit warmer and sunnier the past few days and the black fabric i used to cover the mulch on the asparagus bed is showing through as solar energy warms the fabric and has begun to melt off the snow...that will all be coming off next month as the early season begins...
despite all the intervention that has gone on in the beds i still ran across what can only be termed a "non-food" plant...plants abhor empty space and colonize it quickly...i suspect we will be seeing more carolina horse nettle in a month or two...what i removed from the garden was very deeply rooted...it is a perennial nightshade...kin of the potatoes and tomatoes we have seen out there..it can thrive where they do despite being a true non-native...i have a penchant for growing native perennials myself, however, this coming season i do believe i will be culling out the jerusalem artichokes from my bed and putting in some more "traditional" garden plants ( oh i may sneak in a few oddballs...i am me after all ) which fit into an organized concept of a "garden"...the back yard is another matter...the experimentation is coming home.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

some basement news

the shriveled spud i found on the bookshelf and planted twelve days ago has sprung into leaf...i will find room...somewhaere...it may even be able to finish outdoors...
while we are talking spuds, this one has sprung up in a container with one of the mashua plants in it...how it got there nobody knows....it is there none the less...
the older two yacon plants have had a growth spurt...
so have the newer arrivals...these will definitely finish outside in spring...
a young tesointe ear has appeared since my last basement post...
and the huskless seeds are still very green...
the two ears on this plant are becoming better defined...
and these emerging silks tell me the plant has a nascent third ear coming along...a very pleasant surprise for the evening...
finally, Jean's puddle wheat, its cohabiting onions, and the guest spud they are sharing their light with are all looking robust...still no sign of wears on the wheat...i am uncertain if there will be..we hold out hope, however the ethical deed here was in the plantging...there be no need of harvest...Jean has a kind heart.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

seeds, grasses, and a couple of firs

teosinte...
some intermediate wheat grass and friends...
a gnarled russian olive and some zea mays parvaglumis...
and the titular firs.

Friday, February 9, 2018

its sternest shape

perhaps not its "sternest shape" as far as temperature goes...
there has, however been a considerable amount of snow overnight and into this morning...
this, for instance, is the winter rye...
and this is the garlic in the bed of my truck...
still some teosinte seed hanging on...
and a little green left on the brussels sprouts...
the snow grinds on...more is forecast...it is very quiet outside.

sheltered

in the season sheltered from the elements in the basement the teosinte ears are coming along well...
the mashua continues to climb the trellises...
the shriveled and almost lost bookshelf spud has nascent leaves on the tips of the sprouts...so..we were not too late...good news...i did have to provide some support for the "leggy" spud that has moved in next door to Jean's puddle wheat...it had fallen over yesterday....upright today...
speaking of puddle wheat, it is looking robust even though i can discern no signs of any ears yet...
finally, the slow-going yacon is well, and the third rhizome has put up two stems ( it was by far the larger of the three i planted ) it will doubtlessly finish it season outdoors...it is a slowpoke.

Monday, February 5, 2018

indoor parallel

these two teosinte plants on the other side of the plant room...
have joined the three in the container on the other side in deploying silks...so at least six nascent ears...here's hoping they all come to maturity...
and the spud i rescued from the bookshelf two days ago? greening at the tips...we were, i believe, in time.