My tomato plant testing with “free” helpers has not turned out the way I intended. I did some tests out west and did what I call bonsai’s them to be short and carry an abundance of fruit. The current batch had two times I had to go away on trips, and the “helpers” didn’t do so much with understanding the pruning. Now I have tomato trees that are loaded with fruit. Perhaps I can make spaghetti sauce and freeze it when they all ripen. The same issue is not the case for the greens, as I have them staggered with planting and growing for a year-round cycle that I use with various microgreens, lettuce varieties, and mescalun blends (nice variety of tastes with a simple vinaigrette) that have me wonder, “why do people buy bags of tasteless junk when they can simply walk over, cut what they need, wash it, and put it on their plate and enjoy the texture, tastes, and flavor of fresh food?
it is straightforward as with the flavors that get lost in harvest and transport, you really don’t need to add much of anything for a fantastic meal of taste
I am lamenting that there is a brand of lettuce that I fell in love with growing and eating that was an odd test, and I forgot what I did with the seeds, as I would love to grow more of it. c’est lavie. Truth is that it was an odd test in using soil vs. substrate to see about the growth of the head to spread or just remain in a ball. While our aeroponics work is going well – you really don’t need it for many plants. Some simply don’t like it as much as soils and substrates. So while this part of the research is not scientific – it is about growing food and wondering why so much of America is merely eating junk from a 1,000 mile distribution chain and/or having to pay double or triple for another small farmer at the market – it behooves me why people aren’t growing it at home?
The next odd test will be to hook up all the technology to simple drip ideas and see what happens. I want to get more into root crops, and for now, I think perhaps that is the better way to try and start the indoor potato’s and other ideas
And then there are a few flowers I would like to try, really more for personal reasons in that I have never really tried to grow flowers, but I was talking to some folks in Spain, and they have fantastic fruit and produce there – and flowers too. So perhaps I will go see some old friends here and see about some controlled environment testing for fragrant flowers that if nothing, I can make some essential oils with.
If you had told me 30 years ago, I would be doing this and taking all the knowledge of live entertainment and emotional manipulation with sight, sound, smell, and touch and working into spaces that grow food and healthy environments for people. I think I would have laughed and thought you crazy.
Today I look at where entertainment has gone, and I wonder why people pay for tickets to the shows? There is an act I have wanted to see in Joanna Conner, a blues guitar player – but I haven’t heard back from her, and the show is tonight. Last night was Tommy Castro, who I have seen a bunch of times, and I guess I probably will never see Ms. Conner as dad isn’t doing good enough for me to leave long.
So as life starts and finishes, it is incredible what you learn. The odd part is the significant parts of life seem to be acquired later in life, not necessary sooner. so with my time left here on this planet, I will do my best to just help people and plants grow in a healthy way that does not require them to stare at their phone and take selfies of events that are “live” or “alive.”
As for the salads and meals I am enjoying with the fresh food that I pick, wash, and eat. I don’t know why more aren’t doing it?