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Messages - Diane Whitehead

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Legumes / Re: Phaselous Species / Crosses
« on: 2021-06-13, 01:17:47 PM »
I usually buy lots of different vegetables and only grow a few from each packet, keeping the rest for future use.  I'm finding that white beans don't survive long, even ones from 2018 have turned to mush instead of sprouting. Dark ones keep longer.

 I've been emptying packets and tossing the seeds into the garden, thinking maybe squirrels might like to eat them.  They don't.

Plant Breeding / Re: Strawberry Species / Hybrids
« on: 2021-06-10, 08:55:09 AM »

Fragaria chiloensis is dioecious which makes crossing easier.

Alliums / Re: True Garlic Seed (TGS)
« on: 2021-06-09, 10:15:50 AM »
I clicked your link to Garlicana, which is in SW Oregon

Their article is very interesting.  They have pledged any new varieties to OSSI.

I eat beans only as snaps. 

I made a mistake on the term Native Seeds Search uses, and I have seeds of only one.  The others from them are either bush or pole.

Here is the description on the packet:

Sonoran Canario:  Elongated beige early-maturing open bushy-pole bean.  Lilac flowers.  Collected from coastal plains of Sonora.

Yes, I have grown them.  Interesting but not very tasty.

They are what Native Seeds Search calls "semi-pole"

Legumes / Re: Fava breeding
« on: 2021-05-31, 09:38:23 PM »
I think ants are usually farming aphids.

Tomatoes / Re: Tomato Journal
« on: 2021-05-28, 08:20:43 PM »
I've just sown a batch of seeds of hairy tomatoes that have just arrived from Croatia.

I want to see if deer are deterred by hairs.

Plant Breeding / Re: Viola Breeding
« on: 2021-05-28, 04:33:53 PM »
I am reading 100 Vegetables and Where They Came From by William Woys Weaver.

He describes how he likes to eat a lettuce called Salade de Russie, which does well in winter, mixed with cresses, red radicchios, rockets and other slightly bitter greens.  Then he garnishes with "large fragrant Russian violets, especially the old variety called Czar.  They are pale blue and bloom in cold frames from September to May."

Plant Breeding / Re: Viola Breeding
« on: 2021-05-16, 09:01:17 PM »
Don't forget Parma violets, (V. odorata Duchess de Parme) and good luck with getting them to grow.  I try every decade or so, and I have one that has lived two years, but diminished from the size it was when I bought it.

Tomatoes / Re: Beautifully Promiscuous and Tasty Tomato Project
« on: 2021-04-28, 06:22:54 PM »
I sowed 25 seeds each of Q-series Panamorous and  Wildling Panamorous on April 24 and on April 28 I have 6 Wildling seedlings and 9 Qs.

In a warm spot inside, but that's where I sow all my tomatoes, and I have never had such quick germination before.

Tomatoes / Re: Tomato CRISPR for Urban tomatoes
« on: 2021-04-25, 12:57:44 PM »
oh, that's good.  Late blight is the only disease I get.  I really like Kimberley but have not crossed it yet.

Tomatoes / Re: Tomato CRISPR for Urban tomatoes
« on: 2021-04-25, 12:16:51 PM »
Which diseases, Steph?

Tomatoes / Re: Traditional Tomato Breeding Book
« on: 2021-04-14, 09:49:47 AM »
My favourite of his tomatoes is Sweet Orange II.  He wrote that it was the one deer sought out.  It produces all season, and then before the first frost I pick the remaining tomatoes and bring them into the house.  One year I decided to see how long they would remain good, so I put a sign on the bowl that no one was to eat them.  They were still good in April.

Tim also bred radish and melons that I grow every year.

Plant Breeding / Re: Bramble(Rubus) Species / Hybrids
« on: 2021-04-08, 08:57:06 AM »
I had Fragaria chiloensis for years - handsome plant, lovely flowers, but just the one sex so I never had a berry.  Does your source specify which sex you will receive?

Seed Saving / Re: Germinating super old seeds
« on: 2021-03-25, 08:07:34 PM »
From a 2012 article that hints, but doesn't give direct instructions:

A procedure to re-invigorate seeds is currently under development for worldwide application in situations where large seed stores are maintained in poorly controlled storage environments.

The technique involves bathing the seeds in a chemical solution with an ionic balance crucial for absorption of the molecules required to re-activate or re-introduce gibberellins.

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