Two growing seasons of trying to get seed have failed to produce, so i'm planing on trying other methods to see if it make any difference. Successional planting over a 6 month period, ive got one 3x1metre bed thats been growing since late summer, sowed a 6x1 metre bed yesterday of TGS produced cloves with plans to do three more beds before mid winter. Also going to plant out a heap of cloves under the apple trees, the orchard gets over head watered so they should do fine. It was the rust that effected the last season garlic so i'm thinking that garlic in under the trees amoung long grass should get hit by the rust..well..i hope at least that works.
Autumn has really made its mark over the last day or two with the return of thick mornings fog. At least this time of year we get to enjoy what has turned out a great apple season, Codling moth grub numbers have been low and the water content has been high, with more and more trees coming into production, i'll have to look to making cider this time next year.
What you have suggested templeton is what i'm doing this winter to. Ive two plants of Tomatoville breed dwarf Beryl Beauty, one with two fruit and the other with one that i hope have been successfully crossed with Toms yellow wonder, the first fruit is about a month away, i'll grow this seed and place the plant in a north facing window in the house for winter, all goes well i should have F2 seed early September, ive got a group of 9 gardeners around NZ who are keen to grow out the F2.
Love your podcast Joseph, i like how you talk about how a landrace can evolve around a gardeners style of growing, you hate weeding where i love getting out in a evening and have producing a weed free bed, but i can see your point. Ive seen gardeners over the years who have taken your idea to the other extra extreme where they try and spot grow in amoung a long grassy field, what ive seen of that concept is a failure.
Absolutely lovely warm early autumn day, after a day of laying stone me and members of my teenage tribe spent an hour in the river to finish the day off, pigged out on wide blackberries on the way back to the car. Great time of year.