This is the story of how my dream of breeding a black skin radish with red flesh came true! … More Living The Radish Breeding Dream
We’ve been cleaning seeds like there is no tomorrow! Basically, because we need to get out of greenhouse (where we clean seeds) and into the seed shack to get germ testing and seed packing so we’re ready to ship in December! Here are the basic steps we use for most of our seed cleaning. Dirty … More Seed Cleaning 101: Winnowing And Screening
Back in July, I told you all about selecting some brassica plants and transplanting my favourites into big pots by the porta potty. We harvested those plants in mid-August and threshed the seeds. The plantless pots full of soil sat by that porta potty for the next 2 months. I didn’t pay them much attention. … More Reading Shattered Seeds To See What The Future Holds
We’ve been quite successful getting plants covered in pods with 2 chickpeas per pod. But when it comes to harvesting and threshing these chickpeas. I’ve been pretty frustrated! … More Trying to harvest high quality chickpeas in a humid climate.
Let’s wrap up this tour of Fruition Seeds with the highlight of my visit: Packing Seeds With A Stamprite Seed Packing Machine Matthew plugs in the machine. Then fills the hopper with zinnia seed and calibrates the hopper. And action! When things are rolling, Matthew mentioned that they could pack upwards of 1200 packs an … More Packing Seeds At Fruition Seeds
Earlier in the year, I wrote about how we evaluate Tomato varieties with easy trials. Our lettuce trials are even simpler! Trial Goal I wanted small dense lettuce heads that didn’t take too much space in the garden but gave fantastic salads! That doesn’t seem like too much to ask for. We went through seed … More Evaluating Quick Lettuce Trials
I love growing out crossed up plants and selecting what we will save for seed. Brassicas are probably my favourite plant to select. Here are some pictures of what it looked like while I was selecting one breeding population last week. The plants I was selecting are the F2 generation of a cross between Tokyo … More 5 Steps To Rogue And Select Brassica Rapas