mud and math

well the mud is definitely part of gardening. moving plants tends to be spring and fall activities. and while fall can sometimes be on the dry side that does not mean the moving is done before that changes. at one point or another the mud becomes unavoidable. and one just does their best at getting in and getting out while making the least amount of mud. math is not often considered part of the garden activities. and still it is there. genetics quickly turn to math. it quickly turns to listing the known or imagined qualities and mapping the possible combinations of two plants. it looks simple looking at a couple of traits. unless you are trying to change several traits at once. or if you are dealing with a tetraploid or hexaploid plant. which means the number of chromosomes is double or tripled. and the mathematical possibilities starts getting really interesting. and the garden space to plant all those theoretically possible combinations gets challenging too. fortunately for me i tend to plant only 5 seeds out of each cross because that is about all the room i have. if it a diploid with 22 chromosomes or a tetraploid with 44 chromosomes i still plant 5 seeds. and often i get plenty of variety from those 5 seeds. plenty of red headed stepchildren so to speak. these two seedlings came out of the same cross. different colors. a little different height. and different qualities to the shape and length of the petals. after all who wants boring when they are playing in the mud …

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