Monday, August 2, 2010

Mutatoes in Progress


Tlacolula Pink Tomato:


Beautifully clustered Voyager Tomatoes:


 Miscellaneous Siamese Heirloom Tomato:


Pink Pondarosa Triplet:


The unearthly Bishops Crown Pepper:


Thai White Ribbed Eggplant:


Rosa Bianca Eggplant Octopus Flower:

Food in progress


Some new pictures of the P142 Mutato Satellite Rooftop Farm:











The summer squash plants came back to life !






Every time I harvest, I leave some of the veg for the locals:

The Cabbage Station

I was able to free up some additional space for in ground growing in the P142 garden. I build a protective screen around this plot for growing a broad selection of cabbage plants. 
The box in front is the cabbage station, in the back you see a greenhouse that Ed build in early spring.

 

Cabbages are the botanical equivalent to the dog.  No other domesticated plant is more diverse in terms of  size and shapes. Broccoli, cauliflower, romanesco, borecole, white cabbage, savoy, red cabbage, brussels sprouts, cabbage turnip among  many others are actually different expressions of only a single species: Brassica Oleracea. I planted 21 different cabbages in total, including some rare, old cultivars, standardized F1 hybrids and the wild predecessor of all domesticated versions.
I'm planning a series of photographs to documents the astonishing range of forms, that humans have bred out of this plant during the course of history. The protective screen would be overkill under normal circumstances, but I want these plants to stay as intact as possible until I can take the shots. Most of the plants that are growing in the open  next to the cabbage station have been attacked by snails and insects, and occasionally by the four chickens that live in the garden. 

 

I set up an experimental drip irrigation system to feed the seedlings: a punctured hose connected to one of the leftover hobbocks, which I fill with water once a day.



I'm not sure if the plants will be able to mature before end of the season, I should have planted them quite a while ago. But its still worth the try. If it doesn't work out this year I will try it again next spring.