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Sweet Potatoes / Re: Breeding Sweet Potato in Australia
« Last post by whwoz on Today at 02:49:35 AM »
Finally had two different varieties out in flower together today,  the ornamental and Beaurgard,  just a pity that the day was cool,  overcast,  and with the odd shower. No pollinators active and highly unlikely that pollen would take if attempted by hand
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Plant Breeding / Re: Climate Change Breeding
« Last post by William S. on Yesterday at 03:28:15 PM »
https://www.euronews.com/amp/2020/04/01/the-best-way-prevent-future-pandemics-like-coronavirus-stop-eating-meat-and-go-vegan-view

I think we've discussed vegan ideas for climate change here. Here is one for pandemics.

There is a reasonable line of argument here. Pandemic is a symptom of climate change. Animals are the source of infection. Reducing animal agriculture should reduce agricultures foot print. Less foot print interaction with potential sources of new virus. There is also a historical argument. Here in the Americas indigenous people suffered as high as 90% mortality from smallpox. Cowpox is the vaccine, but livestock raising the source. So if we stop with the livestock we will probably have more food.

Though I still eat meat, fish, eggs, and dairy and buy organic fertilizers made from animal blood, bones, and manure. Though sometimes these articles give me pause.
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Yes, I think that will be the case Richard, bit like my garlic experiments - stuff popping up everywhere now! and as for Bamboo, there is plenty here, but thinking a more robust frame maybe, bit like on that Cornell Uni video, in case of high winds/rain? BB especially is a tricky monster, dense as could be, with little/short.. fat/thick pod stalks, that take an age to mature (again vs G1)
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Ahh yes, that was what I had in mind, tomato frame, or similar. As an aside, have noticed that BB is a 'spitter', some pods, whilst drying down inside, have spat seeds out. This has not occurred with G1 or EFR.

you might have a few voluntarily pop up next summer.
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You must have wild bamboo growing in and around your area Chris, that's ideal stuff to use for climbing up
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Ahh yes, that was what I had in mind, tomato frame, or similar. As an aside, have noticed that BB is a 'spitter', some pods, whilst drying down inside, have spat seeds out. This has not occurred with G1 or EFR.
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Thinking about it, why not look at something like a tomato cage, narrow at the base,  wider at the top with a number of rings of wire to tie the runners to?   Could stake cage to the ground with stakes tied at the top if wind is an issue
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Thanks whwoz. Hmmm, I recall some type of wire support system, with a flare, perhaps for flower arranging? Something like that might work, just to keep the Bushy types off the soil, and allow air circ.
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Chris, based on what I have done and seen this season probably not necessary to go to 1.8 m high.  I used 1.1 m wide gate infill mesh, simply because I had it available and found that it was easiest to poke runners through the mesh squares.  They don't naturally climb and need to be woven or tied to a frame.

I think it would be best to set up trellis and plant within 150 mm of base, of not directly underneath trellis and start tying as soon as runners are long enough to reach it.  Bushy growers are a problem that may be dealt with best by utilising a V shaped frame.
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I will be using a trellis system next season Richard. Harvesting is a bloody pain, scratching around on hands and knees daily, and the dense foliage of BB is a haven for mold - BB is a very late maturing pod also, so maybe more prone to disease (vs G1). Running the plants skyward on a support system may assist pollination, and airflow, so better quality and yield? Plus less voltaren needed!  Should also be able to better utilize garden area. I am thinking waratahs and steel reinforcing mesh, to perhaps 1.8m high? The only issue I think, is both G1 and BB are squat non-running types, so may not be suitable for such a system - perhaps better in 50litre tubs? Any thoughts guys?
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