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Blogs & Media / Re: Our Weather 2022
« Last post by William S. on Today at 12:05:58 AM »
A little less than an inch supposed to fall over the next two days here.
Blogs & Media / Re: Our Weather 2022
« Last post by whwoz on Yesterday at 09:08:26 PM »
Some areas along the East coast of Australia, particularly around Sydney, NSW are forecast to get 300 mm/1 foot of rain over the next 4 or 5 days. Fortunately only 5 or 6 mm, about 1/4 inch forecast for us.
Tomatoes / Re: Exserted tomatoes occasional out breeding a handy tool
« Last post by William S. on Yesterday at 08:04:25 PM »
Here is a photo of the flower of my favorite MMM F2 plant so far.
Tomatoes / Re: Arthropod and Insect Resistant Tomatoes
« Last post by William S. on Yesterday at 07:39:48 PM »
My SE garden has bad Colorado potato beetles. I've been just diligent enough at weeding that they are switching from their annual nightshade to my tomatoes. They are skeletonizing my little direct seeded plants. But only some of them. Arthropod resistance evolution at work? I wish I had arthropod resistant lines in that particular garden!
Tomatoes / Re: Tomato Flavor and Tomato Flavor Breeding
« Last post by William S. on Yesterday at 07:25:57 PM »
Found and tried the first Mexico midget. A spitter.

Walt posted a comment on Facebook the other day. He worked with a pimpinillifolium that tasted good in the heat and bad in the cold. I think that explains alot.
Tomatoes / Re: Tomato Journal
« Last post by William S. on Yesterday at 07:19:16 PM »
Weeded two tomato gardens today.
Corn / Re: 2022 Corn
« Last post by Olaf Nurlif on Yesterday at 04:29:37 PM »
I sowed about 350m² (Floriani Red Flint x Cascade Ruby Gold F2) x Longfellow at the end of april.
Six rows, about a third of the population I planted like Buffalo Bird Woman, patches of 3-5 plants about 1,2m apart, I sowed much thicker and thinned to that amount tho.
The rest of the patch was sown with a hand pushed planter but only 80cm row space and now thinned to about 20-30cm between plants. (Probably a bit denser than that in reality but not that important I guess..)

We barely had any winter precipitation so germination was a bit slow and erratic but then we were pretty lucky with rain until now.
So the plants developed very nice and are now starting to tassel! I will not hand pollinate.

Very interesting to read about your gaspe flint project! I read about the variety quite a bit but it's so hard to get corn from the Americas to the EU :(
I also have to grow Magic Manna again very soon, such a wonderful variety!
Tomatoes / Re: Tomato Journal
« Last post by William S. on Yesterday at 08:49:33 AM »
Rinsed the remaining MMM F1 x Sweet Cherriette just now. 37 seeds left after planting four yesterday.
Grains / Re: Grains 2022
« Last post by Steph S on Yesterday at 08:24:53 AM »
Yes, I was reading about the club wheat or "Hedgehog"/Herisson Brun and others which look very ornamental, they are also quite early by reputation so could be an excellent spring wheat for a short and fickle season.
All of my new wheats this season came from Prairie Garden Seeds, btw, they have an amazing selection.  Will be posting pics of their beautiful heads later on, and Jeremy, if you want a few seeds of anything I'm sure it would arrive just fine from me in the post.  A lot of our local seed retailers have stopped shipping to the US and are selling only within Canada since the pandemic, and I believe that's due to the increased demand for seeds as well as the uncertainties of shipping.

I have it in mind that a fall planted grain could be the ideal rotation for garlic, insofar as it could be planted as soon as garlic is harvested, usually mid August, which is said to be the optimal winter wheat planting date here on the island.   But that may not always be possible, depending on the timing of the grain crop from the previous season.  Local ag reps who determined the parameters for winter wheat some time in the past decade have stated that it is not always possible to get grain to plant by the optimal date.  I am interested to see whether grains and garlic continue to 'sync' for degree days to harvest, and whether later plantings would still work, if necessary.

Anyway, the fall planted Goldkorn Spelt has started to emerge from the boot on July 1.   As shown in the pic, Goldkorn is the tall one on the left, followed by some rows of spring spelt that are short and bright green, with the last 5 rows of Purple Wheat, Huron, and Prelude on the right.   Obviously there's an advantage to fall planting, earliness and also tillering.  I was not sure that Goldkorn would pull through since we had just a light frost in September and then it continued to grow into the jointed stage as we experienced a very mild and frost free fall well into December 2021.   I left the row cover on it, except for one part which the wind exposed, and it made no difference to the survival as the worst patch was fully covered.   I removed the cover in late winter when the spring grains were planted, and the remaining stalks were promptly browsed to the nub by rabbits (we are having a rabbit year, I see them every day.  This is the reason for enclosures around the beds, which seems enough to deter them since there is plenty of forage out around.) It was probably for the best, as i understand browsing is not harmful to winter grains and encourages tillering, but I wasn't sure about that when the plant had already gone to the jointed stage.  I put the enclosure around afterwards, so they would have a chance to regrow.

None of this seems to have bothered the Goldkorn.  I did clean up and remove dead leaves at one point, which was probably helpful in terms of the rusts which seem to be affecting all the grains to at least a small  extent on the smaller leaves close to the ground.   It is very thick in the row and is certainly ahead of the spring spelt in terms of harvest date.  I believe the majority of spelts are fall planted and I'm really keen to trial some others as well.  Spelt is my current favorite grain for bread, so it would be great to grow our own, just aside from the superior hardiness which a grain will need to do well in this climate.

Grains / Re: Grains 2022
« Last post by Jeremy Weiss on 2022-07-01, 10:55:32 PM »
Well, I wish you better luck than I had. When I finally re-opened the packet I had made of the shot wheat for this year's planting, every grain looked like a "tombstone", and an extremely small one at that. If ANY of what comes up proves to be shot wheat, I'll be surprised.  Not that I can  be sure if it does (despite the common assumption, I really don't notice shot wheat grains as being significantly fatter than any other wheat grains.)

Since I am after "architectural wheat" (that appears to be the correct term for wheat being grown for the flower trade). I'm thinking of trying out some club wheats next time, as I like the short, stubby head shape (not Mt. Pima Club though, I have seen pictures of that, and the uneven beard lengths make it look untidy.) Poulard might also be good, if it can make it though the season her unscathed (something with that much loose hull looks like a bug trap waiting to happen.)

I DID try all of those alternate Russian types (like your Zhoukovsky) but they seem not to like it here (I think it's too wet). Plus, as far as I can tell, they LOOK more or less the same as any other wheat. Add on how hard it is to get Salt Spring to send over the border, and that's a no-go. Though I MAY try Timopheevi again at some point, if only for the extra genes (Ideally, I'd go with out and out Uratu, but I don't know of a source for that.)   
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