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OSSI pledged varieties / Re: Pea ‘Joni’s Taxi’
« on: 2019-08-31, 10:14:29 AM »
I have some of this variety growing, and will post pictures of flowers /pods if the darn sparrows will leave them alone long enough to flower.  Thought I had them covered but they are striped to stalks again today.

Interesting that sparrows are a problem for you.
Thankfully that hasn’t been a problem for me. That said...

I’ve had my upper part of my plantings mowed by groundhogs twice now.

I place the top half of an old bunny/ rat cage over the planting, to protect the young plants.
Normally I open the top, and use it as additional trellis, but didn’t get to it in time this year.
Old bird cages can be useful in the garden, and they have convenient access doors. :)

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OSSI pledged varieties / Re: Pea ‘Joni’s Taxi’
« on: 2019-08-31, 10:05:26 AM »
Lovely big pods! Any comments on it's culinary qualities?

I don’t normally taste test from the Seed Library garden, but you provided me with an excellent opportunity for a taste evaluation. :D

I sampled two very young pods (flat pod stage, 2” max.), and two with maturing seeds.
I couldn’t locate any at what I consider the best point of maturity: seeds half to three-quarters mature.

Flat pod: tender, good flavour for pod at this stage.
Mature: crisp juicy pods that are sweet! Not stringy. (Yum!)
Over mature pod: pods are still sweet, which compensates for the peas being on the starchy side. The peas at this stage are better tasting to me than a shelling variety that has been on the vine too long. (Still yum!)

I gave some seed of this variety to another gardener in the community garden.
She likes it, and has been asking me questions about how to save seed.

(I’ve loaned her my copy of “Seed to Seed”. If that gets an enthusiastic response, the next book will be “How to Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties”)

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OSSI pledged varieties / Re: Pea ‘Joni’s Taxi’
« on: 2019-08-28, 05:21:04 PM »
Grumble, grumble...had to turn on Javascipt.
(But still no info on this variety)

Eye-candy offset for grumbling:

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OSSI pledged varieties / Re: Pea ‘Joni’s Taxi’
« on: 2019-08-28, 04:53:37 PM »
And some eye-candy to offset my griping:

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OSSI pledged varieties / Re: Pea ‘Joni’s Taxi’
« on: 2019-08-28, 04:49:26 PM »
Edit: OSSI site needs javascript enabled, but doesn’t tell you this.
Some griping and whining deleted. :)

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OSSI pledged varieties / Re: Pea ‘Joni’s Taxi’
« on: 2019-08-28, 10:10:49 AM »
Thanks.

I *really* hate playing “Whack-a-Mole” on websites.
The three ‘click’ rule applies, and the search feature is not much help.

Unfortunately, the link you give above goes here:

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Seed Saving / Re: Tepary Beans
« on: 2019-08-28, 09:37:40 AM »
Perhaps start some in pots at the same time that you start your eggplants/tomatoes?

If they are daylength sensitive, you might get the plants mature enough that they flower in the spring/early summer and are able to mature some seeds.

(Just tossing out ideas)

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Seed Saving / Re: Tepary Beans
« on: 2019-08-27, 12:27:51 PM »
Since you have some in a pot, you might try giving those some protection as the season gets colder.
Perhaps bring them indoors?

Much depends on how badly you need to produce seed of this variety.
Do you want to cross these with another variety?

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In previous years I have had the red stemmed “chinese-type” Malabar Spinach volunteer in my garden. (Basella alba/rubra)
I was quite surprised!
(The other red stemmed variety that I have originated from further south, so does not produce seed in my climate. I have to bring plants indoors in the fall if I want seed.)

Most of the tomato plants in my garden this year are volunteers (one exception).

Last year’s orange grape tomato is back.

Unlike last year’s fruit, which clung tenaciously to the vine, this year the fruit drops at the slightest excuse, even while still green.
It is not impossible that this is a “green ripe” variety, but I haven’t sampled them at the green stage yet.

So, some traits that aren’t desirable can show up in volunteers...
Good for re-seeding, but not so good for the gardener. :)


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Seed Saving / Re: Tepary Beans
« on: 2019-08-26, 09:37:27 PM »
Is it possible that the variety you are trying to grow is sensitive to day-length?

I’m trying a beige seeded Dolchios lablab out of a sprouting mix, but so far, no flowers for me.
In this case I’m going to assume that these beans are not “day-length neutral”.

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Seed Saving / Blossom Bags
« on: 2019-08-26, 09:28:24 PM »
What do you all use for blossom bags?

I’m currently stapling them together out of bits of floating row cover, but am open to other methods.

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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. :)

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


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

DGS:AB
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)

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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?
TIA.

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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)

Edit: Aug. 31
Three of the four plants have survived, and one has begun blooming.
Another pink blushed flower. (Happy)

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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)

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