We're getting there!
this is a blurry, out of focus picture taken with my phone but I love this one super clump of rice. Why is it so much bigger then the others? Healthy seeds? Extra duck fertiliser? Who knows. I like to think it wanted to see what lay beyond the field and put in that extra spurt just to check it out!
I love the contrast with the neighbour's soba.
And now to today's theme. Keeping your rice upright. We have had so much rain this year. SO much rain late in the season. It's real extremes. I was watering everything in sight a few days ago as even hardy plants like zinnias were wilting and then the next thing you know the rice is falling over because it's so wet. I am not sure why rice falls over other than I think if it gets really big and then they reduce the water in the paddy which they do towards the end of the season and then it rains heaps and/or gets windy it seems a sure thing that rice paddies will start looking a lot less upright.
It often starts quite small:
That's the same field at the back. It's the neighbours field. And that's ours in the front. Still upright. The neighbours have been rice farmers for generations. As have many of the people whose rice fell over this year (and I'd say probably 3/4 of the rice around here is at least partly down by now) and we are beginners so I'm not sure what's to thank for our luck. Our rice was planted about two weeks later than most so maybe it's just not our time yet and we'll have pancake rice soon, too...