In the early 1980s, a skeptical college freshman had never been able
to perceive solid evidence of electrons orbiting atomic nuclei
first hand. A new and soon to be discovered “deep” friend
(and later solid contributor to New Millennium Garden) once pointed out
to his future teammate that: You don’t have to believe chemistry
books and professors when they teach that chemicals are made up of
electrons flying around protons at the speed of light. Just
understand that the science of chemistry is an intensely studied
field, and its observations have led to sets of rules, that when
followed, will lead to accurately predictable outcomes.
Progressive Gardening has a history of dilettante people—people
whose gardens bring them delightful feelings, as opposed to
(exclusively) serious agriculturalists and research agronomists.
Although a small percentage of such folks do indeed, inevitably,
become fiercely competitive farmers. Dilettante (delighted)
gardeners are free to think outside of the box. Often we garden by
intuition. We don’t know just how many molecules are made up of which atoms and are needed to be added to a container full of an aqueous solution, to be poured into yet another container full of yet
another compound which anchors plants’ roots. We know things
subconsciously (maybe even intuitively).
At first concepts do not intuitively jive; then with practice they become subconscious, and then they become intuitive. For example: a couple of teaspoons from the quart bottle with the label that shows half nighttime with a moon sliver and half daytime showing three birds flying away; plus a couple of tablespoons from the bottle with the sun high in the sky; along with a couple of teaspoons out of the bottle labeled with the hash, dollar, and percentage symbols (# $ %) dispensed into a two gallon watering can, makes my plants happy and grow tall and sturdy. We may even have the glancing thought that we won’t use it now, but maybe in a week or two our plants will be ready for a tablespoon and a half from the bottle labeled with a mortarboard-wearing skull accompanied by a mahogany pipe and bonsai-tree eyebrows.
Nowadays virtual reality is frequently referred to as a computer-
generated experience, however, in the 1950s a mechanical device known as a sensorama was a popular, state of the art, immersive (multimodal) device. Playgoers suspend their disbelief regarding the action on stage in order to create “reality.” What observing gardeners have perceived all along has actually been plants’ virtual realities. Ponder observing a plant photosynthesizing. It may be green to the gardener, yet the plant is absorbing every wavelength of the human’s visible and non visible spectrum except green. A plant’s reality is the gardener’s virtual reality. Our subconscious may even perceive plant reflectance that our conscious minds may not recognize. Human beings’ best plant-health inspecting instruments—eyes—aid brains in determining plants’ needs by receiving light reflectance from the plants. We humans receive communications from plants’ realities by tuning into their virtual realities.
Plants are sexual. Ovules, originating from mom, accept pollen from
dad which is indeed, in some cases, coming from the dad part of mom,
creating progeny, a.k.a. Junior. Life is not created, merely continued, sometimes blending similar, sometimes dissimilar genetics/genes/genome/genre. This all occurs someplace, somewhere, located in a finite space, filling up a volume, relative or adjacent to neighboring items [but not necessarily relative to astronomically distant items (at the same instant)]. Plants don’t care where a photon comes from. They integrate light particles from light bulbs, reflected off satellites, near stars, and distant stars. The instant a photon is emitted from Alpha Centauri, Its photosynthesizing chloroplast may not even be a twinkle in its great, great, great grandmother’s calyx. Indeed, light particles may get photosynthesized by the progeny of four or more generations of ancestors, relative to the day the photon was emitted. Such photons just happened to collide with a chloroplast flying through space, bazillions of miles removed from where it was originated. Now that’s beating the odds! Most photosynthesized photons originated an astronomical unit (AU)— 92,955,810 miles or 8 minutes and 20 seconds—away, the result of a thermonuclear reaction. It’s important to be aware, but not obsess, that it is possible to perceive with an acute perspective, a cosmological
perspective, and everything in between.
Plants gather and integrate matter and energy both locally and remotely. Plant oxygenation, nourishment, and beverages are absorbed mostly through root systems. Plant carbonization and photon absorption occur through stomata and chloroplasts of leaves, as well as other green plant parts. There are exceptions that will have to be covered at a future date. Brain saturation is, once again, fast upon us. Is what we’ve covered true? Well, it’s true enough. We didn’t even get through the future list of topics that we had hoped to get through in the prior posting. As that deep friend from back in the early 80s once said, “What this country needs is more good sense.” It doesn’t make sense pressing beyond our brains’ limitations. Thank you for supporting New Millennium. It’s all about the plants.