Monday, we took a bunch of flags and marked our favourite Rainbow Tatsoi plants. When it’s time to harvest seed, we’re going to harvest the flagged plants separately. The seed from these plants will be our stock seed for next year. In this way every generation is a little more what we want it to … More Flagging Rainbow Tatsoi
You’re always selecting when you’re growing plants that will eventually bear seed. From the moment you sow in the nursery – you can be looking at germination and seedling vigour, the colour of the cotyledons and then the first true leaves. Each of these moments is a chance to influence a population of plants. We … More You’re always selecting when you grow seed
Into the heart of Purplish Bekana. This is my dream of a scrumptious purple tinged version of Tokyo Bekana. All the crispness and crunch and refreshing great mouthfeel that comes with Tokyo Bekana + purple at the same time! To get the initial population I grew a patch of Tokyo Bekana beside a patch of … More Into the heart of Purplish Bekana
This week I’ve been walking the Rainbow Tatsoi to select what plants we’ll be letting go to seed. Overall, things are getting very stable. Some solid dark leaves with a lot of purple stems. Some diversity in savoy texture. Very similar growing habit. But then I come upon this. I haven’t seen an individual this … More Genetic memory or chance encounter?
Back in July, I told you all about selecting some brassica plants and transplanting my favourites into big pots by the porta potty. We harvested those plants in mid-August and threshed the seeds. The plantless pots full of soil sat by that porta potty for the next 2 months. I didn’t pay them much attention. … More Reading Shattered Seeds To See What The Future Holds
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
If there is one part of seed saving I love the most, it is crossing 2 distinct varieties and unleashing a storm of diversity. I love working with the subsequent populations and seeing what happens after each generation of selection. I must admit that this love has resulted in boxes and boxes of seed envelopes … More How I Bred Rainbow Tatsoi