Yesterday I went through my 2019 breeding notes from my Scotch Bonnet Remix project. I’m planning out what selections to grow this summer. (This was a cross between Scotch Bonnet peppers and some sweet Capsicum annuums. A cross that everyone tells me shouldn’t happen! Read more about the Scotch Bonnet Remix origin story here) The … More Planning out the 2020 Scotch Bonnet Remix breeding project.
Back in November, I showed you how to extract seeds from squash. (All it takes is an axe and vacuum cleaner.) Today let’s talk about how to dry those seeds! (I know I’ve skipped over the actual seed cleaning part but I can’t find any great pictures of our cleaning. We’ll have to wait till … More Drying Squash Seeds
To save squash seeds, you need to first split the squash open and then scoop out the seeds. We’ve tried several ways to split and scoop. Here are some ways we split squash and how we like to extract the seeds. Alternative Splitting Techniques Over the years we’ve tried a few splitting squash open a … More Squash Seed Extraction 101
Fermentation is a key step in extracting tomato seeds. It helps remove the gelatinous sac surround tomato seed. It controls some tomato diseases. It is also a great way to create amazing odours. But fermentation is very weather dependent. We have had batches that have taken 6 days to ferment. And batches we’ve lost in … More How Long Should You Ferment Tomato Seeds?
Everyone tells me that different pepper species don’t cross. That’s not been my experience. Years ago I gave up growing our strain of Hot Paper Lantern Habanero because it got so crossed up with sweet peppers. (That would be Capsicum chinense x Capsicum annuum.) And last year, we started seeing a similar situation with our … More The Scotch Bonnet Remix Story – Crossing Hot Pepper From Different Species
Last night Tourne-Sol farm was featured on the TV show Les fermiers on Unis tv! Les fermiers is a show about what it’s like to be a farmer. The show follows Jean-Martin Fortier and the crew at la Ferme des Quatre-Temps through 2 growing seasons. During this episode I walked Annie-Claude and Justine around the … More Watch Tourne-Sol on Les fermiers TV show!
You want to have the best tomatoes, right? You might suspect that there are better varieties out there but the thought of doing elaborate trials to evaluate these tomatoes is just exhausting. Here is a way to run a simple trial to discover new great tomatoes! It is based on how we run our tomato … More Discover Amazing Tomatoes By Setting Up Easy Growing Trials!
This is a story about bees and how unexpected things can be exciting and about orange hot peppers.
This is the second post in my Why Save Seed series.
On our farm, two tomato varieties were the foundation of our tomato production. They were both red tomatoes. They tasted great. They produced heavy yields. They were just … … More The Year We Couldn’t Get Our Favourite Tomato Seeds
In December I was a guest on the Permaculture Voices podcast. I spoke with Diego Footer about the profitability of growing seeds for sale, differences between growing seed crops and market vegetable crops, and how much space a seed crop actually takes. You can listen to the podcast here. This podcast is a lead up … More Talking Seeds On Permaculture Voices Podcast