Sunday, June 17, 2018

allium,medicago, triticum, secale, vicia, zea

dna does not waste time and there is reproduction going on every day out back...ears, flowers, seeds, bees...everything is in a state of movement...the winter rye continues to ripen and will be the first grain to be harvested and, as these things go , the first to be replanted...
the black tip wheat was the first of the spring wheats to "ear" and will doubtlessly be the next harvest...
Jean's long-lived and obdurate "puddle wheat" has now deployed six ears with more on the way...the wheat story of the season...
the dwarf syrian wheat has numerous, green, robust ears...
while the emmer...
and einkorn are just beginning to emerge...
the yellow onions are beginning to bloom...someone will tell me to pinch them off...however i will not...this is their second year,the onions are large....and i want the seeds...
in their own berserk fashion the egyptian walking onions are propagating themselves...aerial bulbs and flowers are redundant...and dna is adamant...
the potted teosinte has multiple ears along the stem and some still very green seeds showing...these will certainly have a full season since they were well developed before i brought them out from the basement...so hoping for the possibility of a third generation of viable seed produced in my yard...
what i have seen in the way of honey bees this year have been all over the winter vetch...
and they have responded by producing seed pods like a good legume...
meanwhile the leaf cutters are dancing with the alfalfa...things are definitely changing...you can see it if you pay attention ( deniers scoff! )...nature still works...we will see if we can adapt as well.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

a community of beans

it rained early this morning..i received nearly half an inch in my back yard...
so when i got to the garden on campus i found it both well watered and fully planted...
after i took a hoe to the jerusalem artichokes in the corner bed i went to the asparagus bed to hoe it and have a look at its progress...
the "ferns" had yet shed the water from the rain and i found one new spear on the rise...
after i hoed the back side of the bed i "hilled" the spuds with compost...
and checked up on the tomato flowers...there will be fruit soon enough...
life has been busy so i had not been to the garden in a week and i found a moderate irruption of jerusalem artichokes waiting in my bed...so the hoe was put into action again...
i found the alfalfa adapting well to its confinement...
the alfalfa in my yard has been attracting leaf cutter bees for pollen and leaves to use for cocoons...hopefully they are pollinating more than just the alfalfa ( although they are called alfalfa leaf cutter bees )...both in my neighborhood and here in the garden...
after i hoed my bed i dressed the maize with the rest of the compost i brought along and then i planted twenty-six pole bean seeds among the maize plants which, with some coaxing, will use the cornstalks as trellises...any jerusalem artichoke removal from around the maize will be by hand from here out...there will probably be little leeway for a hoe...even on as easily controlled as a warren hoe...
the maize is looking robust and should easily support multiple bean stalks by season's end...
with today's addition of beans i do believe the planting in my bed is done...now we wait to see how the beans, peppers, tomatoes, spuds, alfalfa, and the geranium do...and how the squirrels react...we have, i think, and even chance of having some corn...as i recall they are not fond of flints.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

onions

one of the walking onions "walked" twelve days ago and, i would have thought, set a precedent for walking behavior...clearly my thinking along these lines has been incorrect as the onions will demonstrate shortly...
when the aerial bulbs touched ground on this one they were still contained in a membrane...
since it touched ground the membrane has opened and it has irrupted in aerial bulbs and what looks to be yet more stems with membranous heads containing yet more aerial bulbs..i am keeping an eye on this...
another onion has begun to walk and it too has a membrane over the aerial bulbs...all wonderfully tidy and consistent behavior...until i begin to look a little further...
and find a yard full of upright and ruptured membranes exploding in flowers, aerial bulbs, and new stems...so which is the aberrant behavior? i will be looking for that answer as the season progresses...
and my two spear asparagus seedling continues to fern and has topped two inches...we are all good here so far.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

behaviors

it is the thirteenth of june and the blooms on the hawthorn have begin to turn brown and die back...
so far this year i have found two bees i the tree...this one and one that would not hold still for a portrait...i don't doubt there were more, however in the past two years when i went out here i found more bees than i could count or photograph at any given time of day...not so this season and it bothers me...
where i have been finding them with more regularity is in the winter vetch...okay..a bloom is a bloom and we all have preferences...even there though they seem pretty sparse...few and at fairly long intervals...there are many flowers in the yard and last season the bees seemed to favor the marigolds and the jerusalem artichokes once the hawthorn faded...we will see if their numbers increase or if the sightings remain spare...
there is other life out there searching for sustenance...this one a bit more carnivorous...
elsewhere things are popping up and carrying on...found some volunteer tomatoes today...i am wagering they are cherry tomatoes...once you plant those they never seem to vanish...
the asparagus seedlings are coming along...the one that is obviously of the purple variety is poking along while its container mate has begun to "fern" and already has put up a second spear to feed the roots...this is microcosm by the by..the tallest seedling is a mere inch and a half which should give some scale tot he other plant life that is growing in there...
the mashua is still very small as well...and producing more leaves...there will be vines soon enough...
the first potato flower of the season has opened...
the winter rye has been done with flowering for a few weeks now and has begun to ripen...harvest in mid-july or so...
flowers and aerial bulbs on the "walking" onions...
and the maize in my yard are not volunteers...i pressed them into service.