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Legumes / Re: Rebsie's Red-Podded Peas
« on: 2019-09-20, 02:52:51 PM »
Excellent. Congrats on the breakthrough Rebsie.

Seed Saving / Re: Drought resistant Australian varieties
« on: 2019-09-20, 02:27:02 PM »
I live in northern NSW where we are experiencing the worst drought since 1904. Last season I grew black eyed peas and mung beans as a green manure crop among the corn. The corn died in the dry but these two legumes did well. I left them to dry down to at least have some sort of harvest. I got plenty from both. The original seeds were from bulk packets I bought in a whole foods store so nothing special. I think cowpeas are probably well adapted to dry but I was surprised to find that mung beans handled it so well.
Other things that did well, or at least gave me something to eat last season were Kakai pepita squash, a dry bean called Ilanz and a tomato called Matts Folly. All were heavily mulched with hay.
Iíd imagine that Americans would have access to plenty of dry adapted crops from the peoples of the south western states like Arizona and New Mexico and the adjoining region in Mexico.

A worthy goal. Good luck with it. Iíve done something like it though Iím sure itís not as cold here. Broccolis, cabbages and kales seem to overwinter the best here in the open garden. At least, thatís what ended up in the mix come spring. I dropped this project a few years back because we couldnít sell the mixed leaves. People just want a relatively uniform looking bunch of kale.

Tomatoes / Re: Dwarf Tomato Project Lines
« on: 2019-06-25, 01:11:51 AM »
And I think this site is open to all:

Yes, the above site is open to all. It belongs to Patrina Nuske-Small, the coordinator of the southern hemisphere growouts for the project. I think most of the dwarf varieties have their pedigrees listed there.

Plant Breeding / Re: Salt tolerant varieties
« on: 2019-04-08, 06:18:31 PM »
Gregg, whatís the rainfall there? What about doing dryland growing? I have two large areas in the field nearest the house which are not irrigated at all. Organic matter levels are currently low so in a drought not much grows. I expect that will improve as organic matter levels build. Very impressed with flax, cowpeas, mung beans and sorghum as cover crops in dry periods. Iíll add millet to the mix next summer.

Community & Forum Building / Re: Welcome and Introduce Yourself!
« on: 2019-03-28, 02:21:28 PM »
Grain sorghum would be interesting Natasha. I look forward to hearing more about it as time goes by.

Plant Breeding / Re: Sunflower - Giant Russian.
« on: 2019-03-26, 02:38:33 PM »
If seed coat colour isnít important to you Richard Iíd leave it. There might be other traits you accidentally discard if you select for uniform colour.
I started with Giant Russian this season, for chicken fodder. They did well in the dry. I had hoped to grow beans up them but I think I either timed the bean sowing poorly or had the sunflowers too close together because the beans all grew very poorly indeed and eventually perished without so much as a single flower.

Perhaps the first refers to overall internode length. The final height is not given, only the height to the (presumably first) flower.

Plant Breeding / Re: Lima Beans
« on: 2019-03-08, 07:24:31 PM »
Iíve grown Christmas once or twice. Got a few seeds back but not many. Someone gave me some Speckled Calico, which look very like Christmas, so this season I planted some of both. Not sure Iíll get anything back though because itís been very dry. If I do, Iíll keep planting to see if I get any adaptation to my growing conditions. It would be nice to add another pulse to the winter kitchen.

Plant Breeding / Re: Rayís breeding projects
« on: 2019-02-28, 12:48:46 AM »
Harvested two melons so far. Both had nice plump seeds so thatís a start.
More moschata have set but night temps are dropping so growth will really slow down. Fingers crossed.

Plant Breeding / Re: Stabilizing the Walking Onion F1 Hybrid
« on: 2019-02-28, 12:36:59 AM »
I collected a few seeds from my walking onions just recently. They were growing right next to some potato onions which also flowered and set seed at the same time. Maybe some crossing? The walking onion seeds donít look great but Iíll sow them and keep fingers crossed. Wonít be sowing until spring though (September here).

Plant Breeding / Re: Rayís breeding projects
« on: 2019-02-23, 02:05:50 PM »
If you could irrigate is water expensive.   

One boundary is a creek but it would be expensive setting things up to irrigate from it. Iím glad, in a way, because Iíd rather do dryland farming. As you say, it was a bad summer to start these projects off. Itís just made me more determined to get plenty of organic matter into the soil. a winter green manure mix will follow the summer mix!

Ray, let me know if you need any melon stock. I got some mixed up varieties from AllyH and some F1 Farthest North. I've also got some corns stashed away somewhere - not sure if I've got flints.
Hope your projects accelerate like Joseph's did.

Any additions to the melon mix are welcome. At least two of the six melons that grew have nice plump seeds so thatís a good start I think.

Plant Breeding / Re: Rayís breeding projects
« on: 2019-02-22, 03:11:06 AM »
I prefer to grow without irrigation so I have to accept that in very dry periods some things just wonít yield. I figure that whatever does survive and produce seed will make a great base for my landraces. Iím working on soil that has great potential but was sadly mismanaged for many years. Thereís no organic matter to speak of but each year I intend to build it up. For example, in the corn bed I sowed a green manure mix of cowpeas, flax, buckwheat and sunflowers. They didnít do all that well either but I expect next year it should be a lot better, at least I hope so.

Plant Breeding / Rayís breeding projects
« on: 2019-02-21, 03:11:37 AM »
I started off five landrace type projects this growing season: flint corn, moschata squash, maxima squash, melon and watermelon.
Flint corn: a complete wash out due to drought. All plants died without setting any seed.
Moschata squash: three fruit from about 20 vines. Too early to tell if any have seeds.
Maxima squash: four fruit from 20 vines. Not ripe yet.
Melon: six fruit from 40 plants. None ripe.
Watermelon: one fruit from 30 plants. None ripe.
Not a great start to any of the landraces, except perhaps the melon. It will be some time yet before I know if there are any seeds to be had in these fruits and another year before Iíll know if there are any crosses. Next season Iíll plant out a mix again, as well as any seeds I get from this yearís fruits.
The flint corn project will restart next year with a slightly different mix as I lost one this year. Iím replacing that one with a popcorn, and adding a few others in as well. Most are not flints but once the hybrids start emerging Iíll start selecting for flint.

What are the importation requirements for Ipomoea batatas into Australia?
Tubers can only be imported at great cost. Seed imports are not mentioned which means by default they are prohibited entry.

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