Roots 'n' Shoots: New Year Post: International Year Events 2014 & Garden Update

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

New Year Post: International Year Events 2014 & Garden Update

Each year since starting my blog I check on the event or study field listed for the coming international year. The “International Year Of …” cycles try to engage and educate people around the world concerning various issues or subjects that require attention or are of interest. This year we have two topics applicable (in the sense of gardening and science!):

1)                  International Year of Crystallography (IYCR 2014)

Now crystallography is fairly self-explanatory, all types of crystals and precious gemstones come to mind. Crystallography involves the study of crystal formation and their properties.

IYCR2014

The IYCR2014 also aims to bring awareness to the biochemical side of crystal making and studies, which is that of Proteins. Proteins have awe-inspiring 3D structures that assist with their function in living creatures. The study of protein functions therefore involves the re-construction of their 3D structure, which is not a simple task. So, biochemists make protein crystals, both in situ (inside a test-tube) and in sillico (inside the computer) J.

Protein composite
Molecular surface of several proteins showing their comparitive sizes.
From left to right are: Immunoglobulin (IgG) (PDB 1IGY), Hemoglobin (PDB 2DHB), Insulin (PDB 4INS), Adenylate Kinase (PDB 1ZIN), Glutamine Synthetase (PDB 1FPY).
Thomas Splettstoesser


For more information and dates of upcoming events see their website.
If you want to see some cool science 3D illustrations and animations check out SciStyle  – and for fellow scientists it’s good to have his details for upcoming projects that require modelling…


2)                  International Year of Family Farming (IYFF 2014)

Here is a topic that we all are familiar with and participate in everyday J. The IYFF tries to bring unity to families by encouraging them to ‘farm’ together or to create community smallholdings whilst ensuring a more sustainable future for all through organic practices.
For more information and dates of upcoming events see their website. The IYFF2014 is also supported by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.


Garden Update

We have been having soooo much rain lately!!! So much so I am having problems with mildews, moulds and black-spot on several of my plants and the lawn is littered with mushrooms – a rare sight in our usually scorching climate. Yet when it is not raining the sun is still burning everything to a crisp…

With all the rain the garden has gone absolutely crazy! Including the pumpkin patch and the pumpkins they produce. We harvested 8 kg worth of squash on the 30th of Dec 2013, because of all the rain some have grown enormous… like my newest record-braking Boer patty @ 1.157 kg, which larger than your face – can probably throw discus with it J . The first record holder was a 613 g green boer patty, which is the same as the largest yellow one in the photo below (check it out @ my folia journal). 




Here are a few photos of the forest that is the vegetable garden and the jungle that is the pumpkin patch;

1st half of veg garden

2nd half of veg garden

Insectary

Fruit Trees

Pumpkin Patch

Close Up
Onions & Potatoes also in the Patch

Flat White Boer
Starke Ayres 'Invincible'

Related Posts

How to Grow: Squash & Pumpkin
Insectary




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3 comments:

  1. Hi Shroom. Happy new year to you. Nice to see you not the only one that is struggling with the huge amount of rain Roodepoort has been getting. My tomatoes look like they taking over everything. Uncontrollable. However still have had a good harvest so far. The most exciting plant I have grown this summer is been sunflowers. Grew a few 2 meter high sunflowers. They are absolutely stunning.

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  2. Didn't it rain! - and now we are all frying again - just as I got exited about the dark rain clouds yesterday afternoon and then they went and rained all over Krugersdorp!! So irritating, it reminds me of this silly joke:

    Two farmers are chatting with one another at the fence line between their farms. The one says, "Hey boet! Don't you want to climb over the fence? You're getting soaked on that side!"... it felt like exactly the same scenario yesterday.

    We are having a dip in squash harvest as most of the plants have succumbed to mildew - which is good, we need a breather from marrows! We did just about everything to get rid of them! Marrow salad, marrow lasagne, marrows in oil, grilled marrows, fried marrows, marrow soup, marrow stew... you get the picture - even all my friends are tired of them :) But the squashes are always rewarding to grow.

    Good harvests to you for 2014 and enjoy the content!

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  3. We are frying!! had to give the garden a good watering yesterday because it didnt rain.

    Hahahah.

    Lol I hear you. We been knee deep in marrows too. I know the feeling.

    Thanks you too. I look forward to your coming articles. :)

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