Farmers who’ve never saved seed worry a lot about doing the wrong thing. But it’s easier than you think. Just listen to the seed. When seed wants to be harvested, seed will tell you. In this picture, you have strawflowers at every stage of life: fresh buds , in full bloom, a bit past perfect … More Seed will tell you when it’s ready
“Where did you buy those mini-tunnel arches?” was the main response to last month”s post about overwintering crops in mini-tunnels, Well, we bought some 10ft long E.M.T. conduit from a local hardware store and then bent the arches ourselves. It’s a pretty simple process that you can easily do on your farm. Come, let’s see … More Bend Your Own Mini-Tunnel Arches
We ran out of time to build caterpillar tunnels in Novemeber.
So we built mini tunnels to overwinter crops instead! … More Mini Tunnels To Get Seed Crops Through The Winter
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
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
Last summer, I tried out a bunch of different edible legumes. The strangest of which was Tetragonolobus purpureus – the asparagus pea. Asparagus peas are common in most books about strange and unusual vegetables but not so common in seed catalogs. I purchased my seed from Patrice at la Société des Plantes during a Seedy … More The Asparagus Pea (Tetragonolobus purpureus)
This week we got all the frost sensitive seed crops into the ground: tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans, and some more flowers. Seed crops planted on the same date go into the same beds. This lets us prepare the beds at the same time and doesn’t leave unused area to grow weeds. We alternate blocks of … More Planting, roguing, thinning, watering, and pigs