The gulf between cilantro lovers and cilantro haters seems minuscule compared to the chasm between Radicchio lovers and haters. John Navazio told me the secret to bring folks over the chasm is to put a little sugar in your vinaigrette. He said the sweetness tricks folks into enjoying bitterness and over time they will see … More The Gulf Between Radicchio Lovers & Haters
It turns out a watched bean does dry down! And now we have a greenhouse full crinkly dry bean plants covered in crisp pods ready to thresh. I’m appreciative for what a drive plants have to get their seeds to maturity. And grateful for the abundance they provide. It helps buffer out erratic autumns and … More A Watched Bean DOES Dry Down!
They say a watched pot never boils. How about a watched bean? Does it dry down? About 10 days ago, just before that series of frosts, I pulled in some tender pole beans plants. Before I started the job I had felt quite a bit of trepidation. It’s a lot of work to bring in … More Does A Watched Bean Dry Down?
These are 3 peppers from my Scotch Bonnet Remix project. They are F3 fruits from a cross between Scotch Bonnet and some unknown sweet pepper. That means this is 3 generations since they crossed. We have a few hundred plants in the field and I’m trying to choose a handful to grow out next year. … More How To Choose Which Peppers To Keep For Seed
Once upon a time you found the sweetest pepper. You were making your way through a pepper field where no 2 plants looked the same. A field of F3 plants. That is 3 generations after two distinct varieties cross pollinated each other. In this case, a Scotch Bonner (a Capsicum chinense). with an unknown sweet … More The sweetest pepper you’d ever tasted
There are two things you can do with a lettuce seed crop that is covered in mature seeds decorated with little fluffies: #1. Come in with a bin, or bucket, or paper bag. Lean the plant into the container and shake the the plant to collect all the ripe seed. Next week, same time, come … More Two ways to harvest lettuce for seed