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Plant Breeding / Re: Peas 2019
« Last post by B. Copping on Yesterday at 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: Twin bean pods
« Last post by galina on 2019-07-18, 04:53:47 PM »
There is a similar thing I occasionally observe in squash.  Some plants do produce conjoint twins but most plants do not.  A plant that produces one is quite likely to produce more in later courgettes. 

But I have never seen it in legumes, neither in beans nor peas. 

Thanks for showing us. 
Plant Breeding / Re: Solanum pimpinellifolium crosses
« Last post by reed on 2019-07-18, 03:23:40 AM »
The pimp crosses are ripening up good now.  A round one I was excited about cause the fruits are much larger, size of golf balls or better turned out to be awful, almost tasteless with a texture like an overripe watermelon, yuk!
A pear shaped yellow one is pretty good but no better than gillions of other little yellow tomatoes and a kind of bell shaped one isn't ripe yet.

The one I posted before though is a winner! Taste and texture are very nice, sweet and crunchy, and the plant has shown very little signs of any kind of disease, just a little yellowing here or there on older leaves. It thrived through the cool wet of early June and continues to thrive in the current heat with no slowdown in fruit set. If all the fruits on it ripened at once, I imagine they would easily more than fill a five gallon bucket. This was a volunteer, sure glad I didn't rip it out!

I'll be saving LOTs of these seeds. I guess it was 4 - 5 years ago when the first cross showed up, maybe these are getting close to stable. Even if not I reckon offspring from this plant should have a high % of similar traits.

CORRECTION! I just discovered that there are two of the round fruited plants and one has even larger fruits that are just now starting to ripen. Fingers crossed that they taste better, I culled the other one. 

Plant Breeding / Re: TPS 2019
« Last post by Ferdzy on 2019-07-17, 07:02:46 PM »
Thanks, Doro and Bill.

We've dug out the worst looking plants and I took some photos. I'm going to show them to a potato specialist I am acquainted with. Actually, here is one: (Sorry, actual photo does not seem to want to attach). May be digging out a lot of potatoes this week... damn.
Plant Breeding / Re: TPS 2019
« Last post by bill on 2019-07-17, 04:38:46 PM »
Agdia offers a field test for PVY (and X) which is reasonably priced and easy to use:

If there are plants that you want to save, you can at least test them and eliminate everything else.

PVY is quite annoying to deal with.  I worked for years to get it out of my plot, but it kept coming back.  I finally discovered that it was hiding in some dahlias.
Plant Breeding / Re: TPS 2019
« Last post by Doro on 2019-07-17, 11:28:27 AM »
I'm so sorry  :'(

The virus spreads via aphids and it can also infect other plants. Not only potatoes, also tomato, pepper or tobacco.
If you don't want to do a field test of your plants for resistance to virus y, it is a good thing to remove and bin all infected plants quickly and clean all tools.
First year infection (via aphids) can be fairly mild and you might get usable tubers, do not plant them next year though. Second year infection (from infected tubers) is more serious, causing stunted growth and little harvest.
Plant Breeding / Re: TPS 2019
« Last post by Ferdzy on 2019-07-17, 09:13:25 AM »
We planted about half named potato varieties and half seedling potatoes, a mix of 1 and 2 years old this spring, some of which I am (was?) quite excited about.

I am now seeing that we have a potato virus. At first I was not too concerned as it doesn't look bad. About half the potatoes - interestingly, it's half the named varieties and half the seedlings, roughly - look like they have it. Unfortunately a little research suggests it's potato virus Y (PVY) which is a quite serious version of the mosaic virus. It can leave the potatoes with brown spots and lesions that make them inedible, even when the leaves don't look too bad. Apparently it is wreaking havoc in the potato industry. One of the problems is you get "typhoid Mary" varieties of potatoes which don't show it but spread it to other potatoes readily. I recall buying some potatoes in the spring at the grocery and being very unimpressed by their quality. I'd say, in retrospect, that they had this virus.

I am trying to decide what to do. Yank everything? Yank the ones the that show the virus? Wait to the end of the season and assess things then? It's in the garden now, clearly enough. In the past viruses have mostly been a one-year wonder then they have burnt themselves out and not reappeared the next year. (Fungi and bacteria are much more persistent). This has the look of something different, though. Any experience with this out there?
Community & Forum Building / Re: How's your weather 2019
« Last post by William S. on 2019-07-15, 07:05:49 PM »
It keeps raining here. The grass hasn't dried down like it usually does. No forest fires yet.
Community & Forum Building / Re: How's your weather 2019
« Last post by Richard Watson on 2019-07-15, 03:31:17 PM »
After the almost 20 inches of rain in the first 21 days of June

We have only had half that this year
Community & Forum Building / Re: How's your weather 2019
« Last post by reed on 2019-07-15, 03:03:59 PM »
After the almost 20 inches of rain in the first 21 days of June it turned hot here. End of June and all of July hovered in range of 32 - 34 C and no rain. Not an especially good gardening season.

Today was nice however, only about 29 and some clouds, even a few drops of rain and a little bit of thunder, not enough to measure but sure felt good. Fingers crossed we will get something more substantial when the current tropical depression, formerly hurricane Barry arrives.
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