There’s a special smell that comes with rotting cucumbers. When you save cucumbers for seed, you let them get big and yellow. And you might stack them in a bin for a few weeks to let them get even more yellow and mature. (And maybe because you forgot to deal with them on time.) The … More That special rotting cucumber smell
Each bucket has the seeds from 1 lettuce plant. These were quickly cleaned in the field and then put in separate bins. These are the seeds of our 7 favourite lettuce plants from an F2 population of a cross between Jericho Romaine and Deer Tongue lettuce. The seeds I collected are the F3 generation. We … More Saving F3 lettuce seeds
A little story about Dill and Cilantro and #seedsavingformarketgrowers Back in May We had 1 bed in the middle of the greenhouse planted the first half in 5 rows of cilantro and the second half in 5 rows of dill. This planting was harvested for CSA. A lot of dill and cilantro were packed out … More Saving seed from CSA cilantro and dill
Bins as tables and bins as bins. When we’re screening seed lots in the field we use what we have on hand. This is a big brassica lot that we just stomped and I’m screening out most of the chaff to reduce the amount of matter we bring indoors. The screen is just ¼” hardware … More Bins and seed cleaning
Bringing in the pea seed harvest. We let the plants mostly dry down in the field then cut and remove the trellis At this point you can easily pull the whole plants out of the ground and stack them on tarps. We bring them back to the greenhouse where we’ll thresh them in the next … More Bringing in the pea seed harvest
We’re going to shake, shake, shake those lettuce seeds out! And wiggle our waggles away. 🥬 🥬 🥬 🥬 🥬 🥬 We used to mostly pull lettuce plants full of seed and and spread them out on tarps. We’d then let them keep maturing before seed extraction. This is how we manage a lot of … More Lettuce seed harvest – shaking method
Yesterday was the first garlic harvest of the year from our home garden. And as usual, the earliest garlic was Stella. This garlic is named after my grandma Stella who grew it in her garden. My grandma had only been growing the garlic for 10 years or so when she gave it to me. She … More Harvesting my grandma’s garlic!
We’ve been harvesting green onion seeds. These green onions are in the species Allium fistulosum. They overwintered outdoors in mini tunnels under a couple of feet of snow. We want flowers that have at least 50% mature seed showing The seed team walks the bed looking at each flower and chooses those with black seeds. … More Harvesting green onion seeds
Is this an exciting lettuce? This is an F2 population of Jericho Romaine lettuce crossed with Deer Tongue lettuce. What that means is that last year, I found one strange plant in our Jericho lettuce planting. In this case strange meant that it looked different from the other plants. And it didn”t look like any … More Jericho x Deer Tongue lettuce breeding
The seed harvests have been coming in. We generally cut whole plants when the are about 75% mature and bring them in our seedling greenhouse to finish ripening out of the rain. They are spread on tarps which helps capture seed as it shatters on the drying plants. Earlier in the season this greenhouse was … More The seed harvests have been coming in.