Last week, Emily and I took the week off to go on a vacation. And what better place for a vacation than to visit another seed company? So we drove down to Naples, New York to visit Petra and Matthew at Fruition Seeds. This is the first of 3 posts about our visit. The Fields … More Walking the Fields at Fruition Seeds
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
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When folks start saving seeds, their biggest fear is usually cross-pollination between different varieties. But unless you are selling the seed or trying to preserve it as a named variety, a little crossing won’t kill you. In fact, growing out crossed out plants can be a learning and aesthetic experience. With some crops, growing two … More Growing Out Crossed-Up Lettuce Seed
How about we take a little break from profit analysis for a field walk … We’ve begun seeding and planting in the field. Our first plants go onto ridges. The ridges dry up quicker than the flat ground so we can plant 7-10 days earlier even if the field is wet. As the picture above … More Field Update: Brassicas in Bloom!
Well the weather dropped a bit last weekend. We didn’t take the plastic off the field tunnel like I thought. Still, the tunnel is booming and the field is starting to sprout. Brassica greens (and purples) growing and going to flower. I was a touch worried about these guys bolting before any pollinators were around. … More Field Update: Unexpected Visitors