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Casie Becker
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I imagine that serves a secondary purpose in encouraging more cross pollination between different plants, at the same time.
 
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Joseph,

It is great to see you already hard at work!  Love the plants and it is obvious you put your heart into.  Can't wait for my family to give me the results of the seeds I got from you over the winter, and I can't wait to plant some myself in the fall when it isn't so hot here in the Phoenix Valley.

Hoping to come up your way this summer,  If we manage it I will stop by again! 

Thank you for all the hard work and sharing attitude!

Aaron
 
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Aaron: Great to hear from you again. Looking forward to any grow reports you might be able to post.
 
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I sure enjoyed the farmer's market yesterday. Here's an overview of what I took with me.

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Farmer's market, last week of May
 
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I made a batch of pickled radishes last night.

Earlier in the day, I got one more line of irrigation operational.  The little line of green are F2 hybrid tomatoes of a cross between yellow pear and my earliest red saladette tomato. The larger plants to the left of that are tomatoes from the promiscuous pollination project. The big blob of green in the back is a patch of corn with bind-weed ground cover. I planted the corn there this year to shade out the bindweed. A row of flax the whole length of the field is hidden behind the water.

Even earlier in the day, I harvested and planted seeds from tomatillos that were harvested about 10 months ago. I ate the fruits.
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Pickled radishes
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Irrigation with sprinkler line
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Long-keeping tomatillo (10 months since harvest)
 
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Joseph Lofthouse wrote:


This is a Chionodoxa.

Oh. I have just seen. It is already solved
 
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I finally got my squash field planted today. That's 11 days later than my target planting date. That's only 83 days till my expected fall frosts, so if the fall frosts come early the crops might just be a cover-crop this year... If they come late, I might expect a great harvest.

I planted Black Medic into one of the two rows of squash. Didn't have enough seed to plant both rows. So we get to see if one row grows better than the other.

This year's gift to the field was stones that I polished.

The yellow mustard spice is flowering prolifically!



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Squash field planted. June 16th, 2017
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Gift to the field: polished rocks
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Yellow Mustard Spice
 
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Just have to share--these are potatoes that I grew from your potato seeds! Unfortunately, something ate the actual plants, so I dug them up to see what I could salvage. The potatoes looked great. I had other, similarly affected potatoes nearby (grown from seed potatoes), when I dug those up, all that was left was a rotty slodgy mess. So your potatoes definitely won.

I haven't had the heart to eat these yet, because I've NEVER GROWN POTATOES FROM SEED BEFORE AND I'M JUST SO DANG EXCITED!


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How do you store your tomatillos to have them keep that long?
 
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I picked cactus nopales this morning. Barefoot was fine, but gloves and leather arm shields would have been nice!

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Picking nopales
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Nopales ready for market
 
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Tim Siemens wrote:How do you store your tomatillos to have them keep that long?


They were sitting in a berry basket in the spare bedroom.

Laurie Dyer wrote:Just have to share--these are potatoes that I grew from your potato seeds!


Thanks for the grow report. Good job!
 
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That was some very brave foraging/gathering there, Joseph. I can see you clinging well to that rock with your foot too. I would be.  Did you put a few step rocks at least to get INTO the sea of prickles?

I'm just happy I have some tuna forming from my this year collection.... I am in awe at your little forest of plants and pads.

Boil gently for a few minutes and all the spines seem to disappear. Slice into strips and pan fry until the goo goes away. Mmmm

The local Hispanic population here, they do stock nopales pads at the store, WITH tongs. The ones we're seeing right now look like the ones you have there, with the soft fingers instead of hard long spines, and size too. I get a few looks as I'm one of the few non-Hispanics that buy nopales. When they get tuna in, a rare thing late fall, I will buy all they put out.  Hence I want my own...

Still, Joseph, you are one brave man there.
 
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Deb: There is one stepping stone in the middle of the patch. I have to be pretty aggressive about trimming the pads away from the stone. Usually I do that in very early spring. This year, I decided to also do it in early summer, so that we can eat the nopales instead of wasting them.  The portions of the plant(s) that were pruned most heavily this spring produced the most nopales this summer.

The plant that produced it's first edible tuna last fall has a lot on it this summer, and has generated a lot of new pads. Another seed grown plant with the same phenotype has likewise produced a bunch of fruits. Yay! I'm finally learning how to grow and eat cactus.
 
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I'm loving the Beautifully Promiscuous Tomato project... A lady that was visiting my garden a few days ago asked to pick some tomato flowers for inclusion in a bouquet.

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Beautifully Promiscuous Tomatoes
 
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I have been wanting to do more cooking in the garden. So I made a cob rocket stove today. My silty soil doesn't fire to a hard/durable condition. So I'm looking for a topcoat that I can put over it to protect if from dampness and/or rain. I wonder about whitewashing. I wonder about applying a coating of terracotta that fires well. I wonder about some sort of glazing that could be fired onto it.

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Cob rocket stove.
 
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