Hi William , great to have another like minded gardener here.
I like what you say - Further traditional peoples traded seed and genes which allowed gene flow. This is what i try and tell other gardeners here in NZ who close there minds off to non-heirloom varieties, its amazing how defensive some people can get when you talk of inbreed heirlooms, some are just not able to think laterally enough to see that landrace breeding goes right back to the early domestication of the heirlooms that they're trying to defend.
Oh the trouble with peas! ... Now I just need to figure out how to cross the three kinds of peas together to get the segregating population I need for adaptation...
Peas are easy to cross by hand. I can get two generations a year here, start early with a few plants, do the manual crosses, then sow the green seed when its mature and get a second seed crop over summer/autumn. With around 6-7 seeds per pod, getting 5 or 6 pods off a F1 plant, with a dozen plants you get plenty of seed to assess in the F2 plants next year. you could even try crossing the F1 plants with each other.
If you want combos of 3 varieties, grow A, B and C. Do three crosses AB AC BC (if you aren't concerned about mitochondrial DNA the pollen donor doesn't matter). Grow 2 or 3 F1 plants from each cross, and cross them together. AB X BC, AC X BC, AB X AC. Grow out these multi cross F1s the next year, making sure you grow a few from each multi-cross. bulk the seed and then start selecting. You'll have so much diversity you will go cross-eyed.
If you can't get two crops a year, get a seedpal fromn elsewhere to do the 2nd growout for you, or use a greenhouse. Or maybe growlights, but i haven't tried them myself. It's only for one generation or so and speeds up the process so you can get selecting earlier. T
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My California strain Yerba Buena may possibly be alive (and Montana hardy if so).
Yerba Buena is one of my favorite plants! That would be cool if it was hardy in Montana. Did you grow that from seed? It grows wild in the woods where I live, and many years ago I transplanted some into my garden. Ever since I've been taking little pieces of it with me every time I move. It propagates so easily by rooted vines, that I've never tried growing it from seed.
SF Bay Area, Contra Costa County -- Inner Coast Ranges, former Oak Savanna. Hot, dry summers; cool, wet winters. ~240 frost free days. Last/first frost: Mar.15/Nov.15. Avg. annual precip: 17"(432mm).
Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Mar 22, 2017 16:51:06 GMT -5
William: I love the Earthway seeder! Today I was feeling frustrated with having so many different varieties of tomatoes cluttering up my space, so I started dumping packets into a common lot of seed. I accumulated about 1/2 cup of seeds that way. Figure that they'll work great for screening for frost tolerance and direct seeding.
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.
Yeah; tilling is a priority, since it takes, at least, two passes to ensure reasonably safe planting; reclaiming fallowed ground is a bitch, but one must struggle against entropy. The notion that humans have conquered the environment is laughable; Nature bats last and She swings the heaviest bat.
"Yesterday is history; tomorrow is mystery; today is a gift, that's why it's called the present." E. Roosevelt "If the world is to end tomorrow, I would plant an apple tree today" Martin Luther