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
A week and a half I ago, my overwintered brassica roots came out of the cold room for inspection. Let’s look at Storage conditions Roots that stored best Roots that stored less than perfect Curing roots before planting. Storage conditions These roots were harvested last September. I selected the best individuals to bear seed. The … More Biennials: Readying Radishes and Turnips To Replant
On my last post, Xander commented on the bucket I was using to winnow radish seed. The bucket in question in one of the 2011 additions to my seed cleaning arsenal. Here a few shots of this bucket in action: Restricting seed and chaff flow rate I use this modified bucket to restrict the amount … More Special Seed Winnowing Bucket
As a new seed saver I used to work delicately with seed crops to avoid any damage and minimize seed loss. This worked well for plants like arugula that have seed that shatters easily and light chaff. But radishes, with their big spongy pods that squished before shattering and left pieces of pod the same … More Saving Radish Seed With Gusto!
Though I haven’t posted much lately, we have been keeping busy. Here are some pictures of this year’s radish seed production. WINTER RADISHES Winter radishes are big generally spicy radishes that are grown in the fall for winter storage. This purple radish is a F1 cross of a Red Meat radish (also called watermelon radish) … More Winter and Spring Radishes
This is the fourth part of a series on crop planning for seed production. Seed production planning part 3 covered calculating how much to grow to meet your farm and marketing demands. The next step is choosing when to plant your seed crop to get a reliable seed harvest. (Most of this article was originally … More Plant Seed Crops on Time – Seed Production Planning Part 4
This is the third part of a series on crop planning for seed production. Seed production planning part 2 covered calculating how much seed to harvest to meet your farm and marketing demands. The next step is determining how many plants you need to grow to produce the amount of seed you need. We’ll look … More Seed Production Planning Part 3 – How Much To Grow