Organic rather than transgenetic.
Labor instead of chemicals.
Diversity in place of monoculture.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
another of the zea mexicanan seeds the coach returned to me has come along far enough in root development ( first photo ) to be planted ( second photo )...that's two plants of that particular strain of annual teosinte joining the other six under the light ( third photo )...eight plants in all..although i have some doubts about the long-term survival of at least one...it has already fallen over...as a counterpoint to that two of the northern tepehuan teosinte plants grown from 2012 seed from native seed search have deployed third leaves ( fourth and fifth photos )...an encouraging sign as they are investing energy in leaf production and feeding the roots rather than growing taller...once again, a broader spectrum light may be the key...the last photo is today's morning shot of the scorzonera...the curlicues are almost straightened out and the plant id=s nicely green...perhaps a basement root...the harvesting and processing of these roots isn't complicated but from what i have read it is something of a pain...the roots contain a natural latex and are fragile...broken roots become sticky ( how sticky and how messy will only be learned empirically )...and the peels are allegedly bitter...but the recommendation is to peel them after boiling for twenty-five to thirty minutes...because of the sticky latex business again...one hopes the flavor is good if not exquisite...not quite as complex a process as the andean root crop maaca...but i don't have piles of sheep manure to grow it in so i doubt we will have a direct comparison...more zea morphology in a bit..after the sun comes up.
an industrial worker and university student (everyone needs a hobby...my hobbies have evolved and, to keep things straight, i have left my formal student career behind for reasons that are too detailed to delve into here...continuing to be a student of life however and not adverse to learning...stasis is death ) sliding down the back side of middle age...a social loner with collectivist leanings...explain that.