Win a copy of Homegrown Linen this week in the Plant Fibers forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com pie forums private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Pearl Sutton
stewards:
  • Mike Haasl
  • paul wheaton
  • Devaka Cooray
master gardeners:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Carla Burke
  • jordan barton
  • Leigh Tate
gardeners:
  • Greg Martin
  • Jay Angler
  • thomas rubino

Wheat growing in gravel... with essentially no roots. Is this normal?

 
Posts: 106
Location: Northeast of Seattle, zone 8: temperate with rainy winters and dry summers.
10
forest garden books urban food preservation bee
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I found this roughly one foot tall plant growing on compacted gravel on the side of a road. When I touched it, it feel over - which surprised me, because I really had not done anything that should have uprooted anything. Upon examination, it appears to have no roots longer than one half inch.

https://imgur.com/a/FrIJc

Is it normal for wheat to be able to do this?
 
Posts: 423
Location: Portlandish, Oregon
30
forest garden fungi foraging
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Some more info would be helpful. Where was the plant/gravel? I could see this if it was in a place that had lots of liquid nutrients.
 
Jason Padvorac
Posts: 106
Location: Northeast of Seattle, zone 8: temperate with rainy winters and dry summers.
10
forest garden books urban food preservation bee
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
It was near Interior, South Dakota, just outside Badlands National Park. It was a two-lane road, so I'm sure there is runoff when it rains, but immediate drainage thereafter I assume. It looks like the area gets 2-3 inches of rain a month: http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/interior/south-dakota/united-states/ussd0166

It was between a parking lot and empty, open space. No agriculture in the immediate area.
gift
 
Willie Smits: Village Based Permaculture Approaches in Indonesia (video)
will be released to subscribers in: soon!
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic