Thursday, September 29, 2011

Clever Corn: How Seeds Travel


Weeds have been one of the most common topics and chores discussed on the farm since starting to document this experience almost two years ago.  As we now know, weeds are simply plants that have unintentionally made there way into a plot of soil.  There are a number of ways in which seeds travel and as we saw a few weeks ago, some varieties extend for hundreds of miles.  Sometimes seeds are blown by the wind, dropped and kicked around, or moved by insects and animals all depending on how the plant has adapted and evolved to survive.  Sometimes it can be tough to understand how a seed can really move like this, but this week everything finally came together...

Using my incredible intelligence and memory I pieced together how this stalk of corn from the field ended up growing the greenhouse.  The birds love to eat and peck at the corn, whether fresh or dried, and last year we noticed a handful of missing ears throughout the early fall, right around mid-September.

This year the same thing was happening only the corn was being dried inside the greenhouse.

Eventually, the birds got a hold of this corn and while flying back through the greenhouse, must have dropped a few kernels along the way and boom unintentional greenhouse produce.

Corn, being a grass, blended in quite well with the other grasses and greens surrounding it, making it difficult to spot, but in an effort to weed this particular bed of ficoides, I stumbled onto this solo corn making a move towards the sun.

A simple yet interesting part of my day for sure.  It is the moments like these that help put together a lot of the concepts and theories I have been learning.  I feel that nothing solidifies a new idea better than a little experience.  


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