Saturday, January 12, 2019

mystery no more

one look at the better developed leaves of the mystery guest and there was no doubt...a potato...spud..solanum tuberosum...take your pick...it is an indeterminate variety of spud...
it was dark in the plant room when i found it..i did not have the overhead light on and i just caught sight of the green stem in the light from the grow lights and i just stuck it in a pot...it did have a node at the end of the stem but i didn't really stop to look...i had other things to do...so today , after i knew what it was i took a closer look...
any doubts definitively removed...
so i replanted the tuber and nascent root system deep in a peat pot and covered the stems almost up tot he leaves to stimulate tuber growth...i will be planting the peat pot deeper still in a larger container soon enough to keep the season going and , hopefully, tubers setting...i wouldn't expect anything sizable form a basement season...some drops to plant outside is what my expectation would be...we will see...so the season i had wanted to keep to a minimum has expanded without asking...the hazards of having tubers, indirect light, loose soil and a humid basement...once started we will try to finish...neglect isn't an option.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

minimalism and abundance

the minimal season i have going on in the basement is doing well if you take the constraints artificial light places on plants that are nothing if not adaptable...the forty cent tomato cage is working out well as an improvised trellis for this mashua and the vine continues to grow and produce new leaves...
this plant has begun copious new growth at the base ot replace the vines that have died back on the trellis...a habit in indoor mashua at least...and one that leaves me wondering how much impact all that energy expenditure will have on tuber production...bound to be some...
while i was moving stuff around to make room ( we will get tot he reason for that in a bit ) i discovered that the mashua cohabiting with the yacon had produced a vine about three feet long that was trailing along the floor...i curled it around the container and moved the leaves up onto the trellis, closer tot he light...
the mystery guest has signed in with some leaves finally...however i am still not ready to make any sort of identification...we could probably eliminate a few things...it isn't maize or teocintli for instance...but what it is...unknown still...
puddles' kids are looking a lot like mom did and their onion pals aren't much less leggy...this will hopefully change in the spring..they also find themselves rather hemmed in by bags of compost and potting mix...
in fact the incipient demise of a local big box store has led to a veritable orgy of acquisition of gardening supplies...compost, potting soil, seed starter mix, grow lights, peat pots...we have laid in a supply that will hod us for a few seasons to come at remarkably little cost...the "invisible hand" that guides "market forces" continues to lower the working population...an unfortunate fact of an avaricious system...however this is a garden blog and we verge on a political rant...we will save that for another blog...you can switch over and have a look if you are inclined to...whether anyone reads them or not i will still rant away...this is the interweb after all.

Friday, January 4, 2019

downstairs

the season in the basement is quiet and moving along...and i will not argue with either of those characteristics...
puddles kids and their onion cohabitants are green and robust, if leggy...they should do well in the april transfer to true sunlight...
the yacon is another cohabitant...this time with mashua...the doesn't seem to be any sort of conflict in the pots and the mashua is using the yacon as a trellis for some of its vines...
one of the vines on the trellises in this container has died back...it has been replaced by a mas of new growth around the base...new vines soon eenough...
this one has gotten big enough to begin trying to cascade over the pot and i am fresh out of small wrought iron trellises...so i invested forty cents in a small tomato cage that fits the container and allows the plant to continue to move toward the light rather than away...
finally...a mystery guest popped up in a pile of compost so i put it in its very own container and gave it a good soaking...i cannot see any identifiable traits just yet so we will be keeping this one separate for the nonce...we are not trying to dirupt the quiet.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Monday, December 31, 2018

change

yesterday there was snow on the teocintli...
today it's long gone...
and the snow that was on the winter rye...
has been replaced by some of the three quarters of an inch of rain that has fallen here so far today ( once again leaving the winter wheat and rye without snow cover of any sort )...
rain because it is the degrees above freezing today...a shade above "average" and nowhere near either record...middling kind of data...
i took out the bamboo i had used to support the toecintli and it immediately fell over..which is what it wanted to do all along which is why i interfered with the bamboo in the first place...there are still seeds in some of those ears i purposely left out as i harvested...i am uncertain of the viability...however it would be gratifying to have some naturally germinated grasses next spring...we will see..we will not get our hopes up...
we do have fine hopes for the egyptian walking onions that are sheltering under the winter vetch though...they continue to work on producing shoots and on taking root...december or not...winter has been different the past few years with december being a cold month and then the new year seeing a gradual warming into a fairly early spring...this year the month seems indecisive and it is over without any sort of real accumulation of snow...the few there have been have all been less than an inch and what there is ahead is unseen in terms of precipitation..so the end of the year finds the yard at work on next year...nothing odd in that...if you look closely enough it never really stops...there will be green out there all winter and into spring..the onions and berries find it necessary.