Arbuznyi, Beaverlodge 6808, Beaverlodge Slicer, Bison, Canabec Super, Coldset, Earlicrop, Gold Dust (which turned out not to be GD), Glacier, Harnas, Early Chatham, Kibits, Oregon Spring Bush, Earlinorth, Polar Circle, Early Russia, Sub-Arctic Midi, Sub-Arctic Maxi, Uri67,Victoria and Vodar.
A place I pass, near the farm, seems to cloche something (I think tomatoes) with big translucent yoghurt tubs. I've toyed with trying that with milk jugs, bottoms cut out, since I could leave them uncapped, but maybe overheating is really no problem. If that's the deal, tubs would be fine. It's been the fastening-down that has had me stymied, but a tub, a rock, andalay! I've got a bunch of translucent 5-gallon buckets; I'm gonna give this a shot!
Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Mar 27, 2013 16:02:58 GMT -5
Today I planted the seeds that DarJones sent me for the frost/cold tolerant tomato trials. It is approximately 8.5 weeks before my average last frost date. I typically plant tomatoes out a week after that. We want to get the tomatoes in the ground a bit earlier than normal to see if any of them survive the cold weather and frosts.
I planted three sets of seeds, so that I can have one to plant way too early, one to plant too early, and one to plant after danger of heavy frost while it is still too cold to be growing tomatoes. I had a few cells left over in the tray, so I planted my earliest slicing tomato, and some seeds from plants that volunteered in early spring a couple years ago. These will give me a control so I can make comparisons to varieties that have done well for me in the past.
Wheatley's Frost Resistant
2012. Has cold tolerance, but seems oriented toward late season rather than early spring. Survived 33F ambient. Slightly damaged at 30F ambient / 25.5F radiant.
o.s. Andrey. First to Germinate (4 days). Survived 30F ambient / 25.5F radiant: Very slight damage.
LA 2006. First to Germinate (4 days). Survived 30F ambient / 25.5F radiant.
o.s. Andrey. Survived 30F ambient / 25.5F radiant.
(Big Beef X Eva Purple Ball) X (Disease Tolerant Red). 2012 seed. Slightly damaged at 33F ambient. Survived 30F ambient / 25.5F radiant, loosing about half of it's leaves to radiant cooling. Looking very sad by third day.
2012 seed. Jointless and was developed in Canada with a degree of cold tolerance. Survived 30F ambient / 25.5F radiant.
Barnaulskiy Konsermyi Red
o.s. Andrey. Survived 33F ambient. Newly emerged seedling died at 30F ambient.
Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Mar 27, 2013 19:55:27 GMT -5
Oops. Trying to be too careful. Dropped the seed tray. The soil from cells on one edge of the tray jumped onto the next cell over. I scooped it back where it goes, but seeds might have moved. I'll save that replicate for the warm weather planting.
See: There's a reason why I don't normally label things. No matter how careful I am, chaos reigns and always wins in the end.
Post by 12540dumont on Mar 27, 2013 21:17:09 GMT -5
Chaos theory studies the behavior of dynamical systems that are highly sensitive to initial conditions, an effect which is popularly referred to as the butterfly effect. Small differences in initial conditions (such as those due to rounding errors in numerical computation) yield widely diverging outcomes for such dynamical systems, rendering long-term prediction impossible in general.
At our house this is known as the cats laid on the TPS, I dropped the tray, the neighbor's dog ran through the field stakes, Leo spilled tea on the farm book (looks like beer to me???) and I can't read what the heck that number says, we planted 13 varieties (so how come there are 14 trays?) Long live Chaos!
Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Mar 27, 2013 23:39:00 GMT -5
Steev: That was the first seed packet I ever planted. Guerney's Jumbo Packet of seeds which they sold for one cent. I guess calculating in the collapse of the dollar since then it would be equivalent to a quarter today. I started my gardening career by planting a jumbled up lot of seeds, and the older I get the more I am returning to that way of growing. I figure that it was their spillage.
Silt/clay, high-altitude, super-arid, sun-drenched, irrigated-desert garden. Cold radiant-cooled nights. ~100 frost free days. Grow most of my own locally adapted landrace seed. GDD10C ~1300. Author of Mother Earth News: Landrace Gardening Blog.
Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Apr 30, 2013 22:02:45 GMT -5
We are expecting near freezing temperatures the next two nights, (34 F, 33 F), so I put one set of the cold-tolerant frost-hardy trial tomatoes outside where they can maybe get frozen. They are 34 days old. I put them under a tree so that they won't get much radiant cooling. I stuck a min/max thermometer next to the plants. I expect to let you know how they did in a couple days. One thing that has been interesting to me about this set of tomatoes is that they are more full leaved than what I'm used to growing.