Zero Posts Oct 8, 2017 8:52:50 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by William on Oct 8, 2017 8:52:50 GMT -5
I garden seriously; trying to grow all my own food and still have lots to give away. My wife just spent the last two months canning mostly and freezing some for us to eat all year. (I’m still harvesting crops that don’t need to be canned or frozen.) I’m way too intense about it to get much joy out of unproductive breeding experiments. I’ve done some experiments, growing potatoes from seed, grafting tomatoes (couldn’t get a tomato/potato graft to take), gardening without any irrigation in an area that gets NO rain for probably three months during the summer, but they take away from my primary focus.
So, what I’ve found is that although there is some comment occasionally that interests me, I just don’t fit in. I think it’s cool that so many people here are learning about plant breeding, and all the associated horticulture, -- it is a worthwhile activity, but only a a very few are actually accomplishing something. I’m sure most are having fun, what more could one ask for in a hobby, but I just don’t relate.
I’m not complaining or whining, just explaining.
Since joining this forum a year ago my big experiment has been direct seeded tomatoes- this first year I just tried a lot of different varieties, landraces, and grex mixtures. Net result- ridiculously productive.
In general my tinkering hasn't been that productive and the main reason is that I try to grow too many species at once. To be productive and tinker I need to grow more of fewer things. I need to dry down and put samples of a lot of my stuff in the deep freeze and just focus on a few projects a year and give them lots of space.
Also maybe need to think really seriously about storage systems for food if I want to maintain or increase the current garden expansion.