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Plant Breeding / Re: Peas 2019
« on: 2019-08-08, 04:45:35 PM »
Andrew Barney was kind enough to send me seeds of his ‘Dwarf Gray Sugar’ to compare with mine.
After chance, mishaps and groundhogs wreaking havoc on my small plantings, I still had enough plants to get a comparison. :)

Andrew’s line of this variety are taller than mine, and have rounder seeds.

Flowered at node # (pods/plant double/single) height in inches

15 (4s) 48”, branched@12 18/17 (6s) 50”, 16 (5d) 51”, 13 (2s), 14 (4s), 13 (3s), 11 (2s), (9d), (3s)
Three best tallest plants: 15 (4s) 48”, b@12-18/17 (6s) 50”, 16 (5d) 51”
Edit: the lower half of (9d) is still in the garden...and flowering...

DGS: 8D,S (2015)
F@n 12, 11, 13, 11, 12, 12+, 11+, 11&12 (groundhog damaged);
Three best tallest plants: 12 (9d) 32”, 11+ 38”+ (8d), 34” 13  (5s)

OSSI pledged varieties / Pea ‘Joni’s Taxi’
« on: 2019-08-08, 10:18:39 AM »
And so it is, gardening friends, that I am looking for information on this variety.

I have it growing in the Seed Library’s garden; I’d like to find a descriptor list for comparison/quality control purposes.
My attempts to find this type of information on the OSSI website were futile.

Could someone kindly point me in the right direction?

Plant Breeding / Re: Peas 2019
« on: 2019-08-05, 07:42:32 PM »
Perfectly good enough to see the difference.  Yes it looks like that there has been some seed mixing.  Has the pink seed produced edible pods?

If it is a chance cross then you should see from the 4 seeds you have sown.  But maybe you have another pretty variety as a bonus.  How are the 4 seeds going now?

I haven’t had a taste test yet.
Seed collection first. :)

The four “seeds” (*cough* plants) finally went in the ground today.
The rest of the seeds & pods are what the rogue plant produced.
It was the first plant in that patch to senescence.

So, a bit of “plant torture”, due to last week being very messed up for me.
If I am able to provide enough shade, I should be able to see the flower colours, and possibly get a taste test before the end of the gardening season.
The dry pods are like the edible podded varieties that I have. (Crumbly)

Plant Breeding / Re: Peas 2019
« on: 2019-08-05, 07:32:56 PM »
Seed harvest has begun.
(Not as fantastic as Galina’s crosses, though)

Seed Saving / Re: Eggplant ‘White Egg’
« on: 2019-07-27, 12:48:17 PM »
Same plant. :)

Seed Saving / Eggplant ‘White Egg’
« on: 2019-07-27, 12:46:53 PM »
This variety is being grown, for both production, and to be able to offer seeds through Seed Libraries.
Three different locations and garden conditions.

I did the first round of plant evaluations a couple of days ago.
Variability in both flower colour, and number of fruit/node.

I think I might just dig this plant up at the end of the season and bring it indoors.

Plant Breeding / Re: Peas 2019
« on: 2019-07-19, 08:55:35 PM »
It seems that the rogue in the ‘Purple Podded’, that had the pink blushed flowers, is a case of a seed of a different variety that has gotten mixed in.

Pod type is not the same as the other plants.
I have picked this pod, and am going to plant four of the eight seeds, and let the other four dry down.

(Picture quality is not good, sorry.)

Plant Breeding / Re: Peas 2019
« on: 2019-07-15, 12:18:32 PM »
Yes this is exactly what I get with pink flowering peas here.

(First time growing pink flowered peas)

Pink Flowered plant from the “Umbellatum Mix” sent to me by Andrew Barney.
Some of the seed in this mix were showing the Marmoreus trait (brown marbled testa), so they were the ones that got planted this year.

Plant Breeding / Re: Twin bean pods
« on: 2019-07-15, 12:07:47 PM »
I’m afraid I don’t have anything intelligent to contribute, but I do want to thank you for posting this.

(I like the weirdo (plants) that show up in the garden)

Plant Breeding / Re: Salsify
« on: 2019-07-09, 10:17:57 AM »
Did you sow the Purslane or does it volunteer in your garden

The purslane volunteers.
Elsewhere in the garden I call it a weed. :)

I’m doing an informal experiment: will these two plants play well together. I will pick and eat half, once it gets large enough, and keep that part clear afterwards.

Seed collection has begun!

Plant Breeding / Re: Peas 2019
« on: 2019-07-05, 09:52:49 PM »
Purple vs. Red

Plant Breeding / Re: Salsify
« on: 2019-07-05, 09:47:12 PM »
Two of my salsify rows are left, the third row had such poor germination that I removed them and replaced with something else.
The Italian scorzobianca is to the right and the Swedish seed are to the left. They got remarkably different leafs and the Italian one seems to grow a lot better.

The “Scorzobianca” looks like Scorzonera hispanica to me.
I recall reading somewhere that scorzonera translates as “rough black root”
I didn’t realize that there might be a variety with a white skin. (Scorz-bianco/nera)
It will be interesting to see what the root colour is.

Purple Salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius young plants in my garden.
Yes, that is Purslane in between the’s finally warm enough that it germinated.

Plant Breeding / Re: Peas 2019
« on: 2019-07-04, 08:25:05 PM »

That Blue-podded rogue is very pretty. I'm working on pink flowered peas. Please keep us updated :)

Things get weirder.
I noticed today that the “purple” in the leaf axils is actually reddish.
Now I’m wondering if b and am-1 are at work.
Of course, if there is a simpler answer...please enlighten me. :)

Plant Breeding / Re: Skirret breeding project
« on: 2019-07-04, 08:09:39 PM »
I don’t know if they are meant to overwinter as seedlings or not.
The folks I bought seeds from this year were careful to tell me that the seeds would need one month cold stratification to germinate.
Because of this, I plan to plant part of the seeds in the fall, to overwinter in the garden.
This will be my first time growing skirret.

(Yet another plant that will confuse the other gardeners in the Community Garden...)

Plant Breeding / Re: Peas 2019
« on: 2019-07-01, 09:39:29 AM »
I have managed two seasons in one year.  Yes with a lot of mildew, but enough for seed saving and the heavily mildewed pea seeds harvested late led to normal plants the following year.   Have a look at these ugly pods (5. Oct 14), you would not want to eat them, but fine for seed.

You can see my ugly, small late season pods from 2018 ‘Golden Sweet’ in the top of the first photo here.
Groundhogs mowed the plants down three times, so I had to replant...
Yes, the black/grey crap on the pod exterior is from mildew.

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