Post by keen101 (Biolumo / Andrew B.) on Apr 22, 2015 22:37:34 GMT -5
Thanks Joseph, still figuring that out to be honest. Today i actually started some peas and beans in a flat or starting tray (whatever it is called). I decided the beans were highest priority since two varieties i have are nearly extinct. As far as i can tell, im the only one who even has the red appaloosa beans. The black are increasingly rare, although similar varieties exsist with the same pattern, but slightly different shape and size.
Some rare varieties of peas, such as the purple passion and salmon flowered. But some like your red-podded that i just planted because im anxious to plant things.
As for other stuff, not sure yet. Some large black seeded sunflowers i found by the beach while i was in california. Probably some squash (hopi white for sure, maybe some moshata speecies as well). Not sure if i'm going to plant corn this year. I have some monster beets i got from the nordgen seedbank i'll try. If i remember correctly they are horse beets? Not sure if they are human edible. I need to order those old style horse carrots again. They were old french varieties that did fantastic and tasted great too!
Still thinking about other stuff. Perhaps watermelon again.
Hi! My name is Gunn, and I'm from Norway. Mike pointed me in the direction of this site.
My passion is finding vegetables that can handle a short and cold summer. I'm testing out a variety of tomatoes, peas, beans, broad beans, squash, pumpkin and others. Last winter I managed to start 115 types of tomatoes... I have no idea what I was thinking!
Have a dream of finding a sweet potato that will grow here. If anyone know about sources for true seeds for sweet potatoes (early varietys) I would be really interested!
The project I'm starting on now is developing a land race of corn who fits for my part of Norway, It's rather challanging. To begin with, we don't even grow flint corn here! I have gotten some great pointere regarding seeds on Facebook sites, and hope to learn more in here.
Post by philagardener on Oct 9, 2015 17:38:22 GMT -5
Hej, gunnmarit ! Welcome! We have a few members in northern Europe who share your interests. Your tomato collection sounds impressive and there are threads here about short season/cold tolerant varieties, so we hope to hear more about your experiences. For sweet potatoes in Scandinavia, check out notonari 's posts and blog. Thanks for joining us!
Its going to be a worrying growing season for me with the current strong El Niño, only had one good rain in the last year so its all about the ground water holding out through summer and autumn,El Niño normally bring higher rainfall on the west side of the South Island while very little makes it over the alps, though, the trade off is no problems with any diseases in the garden.
Hello everyone. I’ve been lurking here for almost two years (I think) and find this the only forum that takes vegetables seriously. I have learned a lot about landrace breeding here, and although I don’t see the time to pursue that, it has made me less paranoid about something getting cross-pollinated. There is a great group of people here, and always willing to share. I think I’m more interested with identifying with this group, than actually getting a bunch of help, (not that I don’t need it!).
I am located in the mid-Willamette Valley and grow almost all our (wife and myself) own food. So, I don’t consider myself a typical gardener, but a “food grower”. I do allocate a little space for trying new varieties or new plants, or new techniques, but am always thinking about how much food I am willing to risk, since I’m trying to be pretty self-sufficient. I do overproduce a few vegetables, but enjoy sharing with others in the community. – Actually I’m trying to convince them to grow some of their own food.
For some here that don’t have a large garden, but would like to, I’ve thought of producing a log of general activities as the year progresses, starting with the first of the year It’s not rocket science; even I can do it. I’ve already chosen the seeds and vendors that I will use for next year, and typically place my seed orders on New Year’s day. Most of the seeds I will need I have saved from the last few years, so I am buying fewer and fewer seeds. I’m working at getting to the point that I wouldn’t need to buy any seeds. – Some day.
You should all be proud of the community you’ve grown here.
Post by philagardener on Dec 9, 2015 7:57:46 GMT -5
Welcome to HG, dave ! Glad to have you step into the sunlight! It is great to hear your aspirations and progress toward your goals, and I hope you continue to find this an interesting and informative place!
Thanks richardw and philagardener. I'm a long way from you! The Willamette Valley is in Western Oregon, and I'm located east of Salem, the capital. There a lot of row crop farmers around me growing for a couple canneries, and a whole lot of grass seed also. Something I didn't know when we bought here, is just because you're surrounded by farm land doesn't mean it's good gardening soil. Mine was only a few inches thick when I started, but it's getting better.
I do save seeds, from 47 different plants/varieties for my own use the last two years. I have a several year supply of most of them and so am more than willing to share, but there's nothing special about the varieties (except to me, of course).
I said I experiment a little, and partly because of this site, I did manage to save a couple potato seeds and get them to sprout. I did a grow out of several last summer. However, I may have lost them since I was concerned about the small tubers dying over the winter in storage, so I planted them in pots and then didn't get them into the greenhouse in time, and they got frosted a week ago. I guess they did die! I still have a few tubers from the grow out last summer, and might even have a few seeds left. Well, there's always next year.