Monday, June 26, 2017

corn sweat II

i work a few miles from the garden and it had rained there this afternoon...still i went to the garden to have a look anyway and it is just as well i did...what i found was some drooping jerusalem artichokes ( first through third photos )...hardy natives, when they begin to droop it is time to water...the teosinte ( four through seven ) was curled from transpiration...another sure sign of the need for water...so i doused the bed with the hose and about fifteen minutes later the curl had vanished ( eight through ten )...a trait the teosinte has passed on to its descendant maize...the spuds that were planted a few weeks ago are coming along ( eleven and twelve ) and the onion is still in full bloom...finally i found some wheat growing at the base of the asparagus...something of a surprise since i can recall only ever having planted winter rye in this garden...perhaps a seed stowed away..it's possible.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

cornfield singularity

a trip to the supermarket took me by the ironic cornfield ( first photo )so i stopped in to have a look...compared to last week ( second photo ) some of the corn has grown ( third ) and some has not ( fourth )...vagaries of sunlight access and precipitation...just like the suburban soybean field, there is a lot of biomass growing in the rows that isn't especially intended...thistles, dandelions, and, a bit unexpectedly, lichens growing amid the decaying detritus of 2015's corn crop as well as non-corn grasses ( fifth sixth seventh and eighth )...the anthropogenic detritus in photos nine through eleven point out the suburban locale of the field...how much of this is generated by the supermarket? does farmer brown have a substance abuse problem? the trash in photo twelve is telling...the last photo is of something i really did not expect...a lone ear of winter rye in a corn field that ws a bean filed last year ( and no...i did not plant this )...a singular find...wondering what's next.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

mostly maintenance

the last of my seed potatoes had reached just about their limit outside some soil so i had to do something...five gallon buckets from a home improvement store are a much cheaper alternative to formal planters...so i bought some, drilled holes for drainage ( first photo 0and filled them halfway with a mix of organic potting soil and compost ( second and third 0) and planted another thirty seed potatoes ( fourth ) and spread them around the yard ( you can take these to sunlight at least )...we will see what they produce...o a more positive note the leaf cutter bees have filled a hole in the nesting block...you can tell it's leaf cutters by the green leaf matter in the plug...earwigs just use clay/soil and the plug is all grey...finally the last two photos are of some trellises i bought for the mashua to get them off the ground...they had fallen over and were trailing like vines which is natural for them but research tells me they produce better if trellised...i am all for better production

second planting

four days ago i brought in the first spuds ( top photo )from my bed at the garden...the reds did very well so i decided to put in more spuds for a fall harvest...there was nothing in the back side of the asparagus bed but biomass( second ) so i cleared it ( third ) and dug a hole ( fourth ) threw in a handful of compost ( fifth ) planted a tuber ( sixth ) and filled the hole ( seventh )...repeated that five more times, alternating elmer's blues and butterballs, in a row out of the shade of the asparagus and the bed is in use...i filled in the space i had emptied in my bed with some single german butterballs (eighth ) and i dug two trenched for the rest of the blues ( ninth and tenth )...september sometime should see the butterballs done...the blues will go on until i pull them or the frosts come.

bi-polar monoculture?

my weed whacker died so i ran out to the big box store for another package of planned obsolescence and that took me by the suburban field behind the stores ( first ) so i stopped to have a look...the field is still for sale ( second ) however it has been planted in rows of no til soy beans ( third )...you can tell it s no til by the semi-organic corn detritus left from last season ( fourth )..there is also considerable anthropogenic detritus ( fifth and sixth ) that informs me this is a suburban field...the rows are about twelve inches apart ( seventh ...you can tell by my foot )and the bean plants seem well adjusted (eighth ) however they are not alone...there is plenty of thistle ( ninth ) and the odd dandelion ( tenth ) in the rows...what i di not find was any volunteer dense yellow #2 from last season...that informs me of something else however we will wait a bit to see if any crops up before we come to any conlusions,