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I want to have one place here where I can write about random stuff from my garden, share some photos with you and so on... I'll start with some photos that I need for some other posts but will eventually add more text and more photos.

I live on a small island in Adriatic sea, NE Mediterranean area. We have mild winters with occasional cold spells, hot summers, drought at least during two summer months, but more and more drought starts earlier and ends later. Last year we had 8 months of drought. We are a fairly windy area, being small, just 15 sqare km and sorounded by the sea - largest impact is from the so called 'bura' wind. It's NE wind, very strong and dry, it's not unusual for it to go above 100 km/h during winter, and it always brings a layer of see salt with it. During winter it is a really cold wind, during summer it is a hot one of the 'fen' type of wind. I have shallow and poor soils so I have to do a lot of soil building for veggies and most fruits.

Here's what my garden looked like this May:
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Some fava beans photos that I harvested for seed this year. Light green beans are some local/regional variety or at least some variety that has adapted to local/regional conditions, I bought the seeds at farmers market (being sold for food there), purple ones are 'Extra precoce a grano violetto' and smaller beans is horsebean variety of fava.
I do grow them very near each other and my plan is to develop my own landrace, or maybe even split it to two types - one of broad bean and other of horse bean type. We'll see what will happen in the next years.

In the last photo there are some green beans on a separate small plastic tray - these were grown outside of the garden space, next to a pommegranate tree in suboptimal conditions - very shallow and dry soil and too much shade. So I keep them separately but will allow them to cross with others in subsequent years.
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Looks lush and green to me! Do you grow sea kale and sea buckthorn? I love land race techniques, i can imagine you could be a great salty landrace ambassador if you keep at it. I dream big!
What do people grow at the Dead Sea?
Anyway great you started your own topic!
 
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Thanks Hugo!. Yes, it was a small jungle in April and May, that photo was taken at the beginning of May. Month and a half later and it's completely different ppicture we are well into the summer here, with temps 26-31℃ during last week. I'll have to take some photos of the whole garden and post them here. I already did lots of seed saving this year so I'll post some photos of it.

Usually I'm growing one type of kale with wide leaves that is grown traditionally in the region for generations. This year I also have Nero di Toscana and some mix that was named "Wild Garden Kale Mix". With kale I will do two separate groups for breeding/seed saving. I definitely want to keep the regional variety separate from others, but also want to have a kale landrace. I will do seed saving for those two groups in alternate years.

I'm not growing seabuckthorn yet, it's on my to do list. I'm not sure when, but in the next few years for sure.

My general plan is to seed save everything I possibly can - veggies, herbs (which I use extensively both for my family and for making products in my small business), fruits and nuts, but also wild plants that are native to the island.
I want to develop "island landraces" that are particularly suitable for islands in the Adriatic. I found that a lot of stuff I want to grow just isn't suitable for my growing conditions. I strongly believe that we lost a lot of locally suitable varieties. But landrace gardening gives me hope - more so Joseph Lofthouse's results and experience of other permies here.

I'm dreaming big too :-) :-)
 
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Ha great Mare! I hope you win the book.
He speaks of those seed mixes. And i totally understand you want to keep local races seperate to respect them.  But as well you can mix the pollen in, in the years you save the landrace seeds. That will speed things up if i understand correctly.
But then in the years you go for saving the localized race you can’t have the other pollen pollute it.
It’s so interesting this landrace business. I’m obsessed. Will stop polluting your blog now with my obsession haha. And look forward to new pictures and comments.
 
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So here is a bunch of photos I took yesterday - all of it stuff that I left to go to seed.

Major purpose is to save my own seed, but that has other benefits too. There is so much more food and habitat for many different bugs in my garden, I'm enjoying the diversity so much.

So what is on all of those pictures:

1&2 - wild celery  
3 - coriander
4 - bit of spinach
5 - parsley
6 - leafy salads
7 - some endivia / radicchio
8 - domestic celery
9&10 - more different endivias / radicchio
And it happens that chard is only visible on the last photo in the lower right corner.


Since I'm on my phone currently I'll have to edit this later to put the names in the same order as photos, sorry about that.

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Hugo Morvan wrote:Ha great Mare! I hope you win the book.
He speaks of those seed mixes. And i totally understand you want to keep local races seperate to respect them.  But as well you can mix the pollen in, in the years you save the landrace seeds. That will speed things up if i understand correctly.
But then in the years you go for saving the localized race you can’t have the other pollen pollute it.
It’s so interesting this landrace business. I’m obsessed. Will stop polluting your blog now with my obsession haha. And look forward to new pictures and comments.



Hahaha just pollute with your obsession, I was always into saving my own seed and seeding & planting everything mixed. Landraces became my own obsession too, I guess I was already doing it in a way, I'm just going to do it more purposely.

Re kale seed saving - yes, when it comes to local variety I'll keep it 'clean' from other pollen, but for kale landrace I'll just mix everything.

It would be awesome to get Joseph's book, but I figure I'll end up buying it anyway haha.
 
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This winter and early spring I had a great harvest of different corn salad (Lamb's lettuce, Varianella sp.) varieties and managed to harvest a lot of seeds too! I had four different varieties growing, left some plants to bolt and have a lovely stash of seeds.

First two photos are mix of two commercial varieties - Etampes and Elan. I had them next to each other and actually don't know which one is what because they are so similar - both have rounded and compact leaves. But I don't care - I'm leaving everything to pollinate at will anyway and want to end up with one or two groups that do well in my garden.

Third photo is some regional stuff that was handed down through generations - it has more elongated leaves that are not so compacted. I remember that as the type of corn salad I was eating as a kid, from my aunt's garden in the continental part of the country.

Fourth photo is of seeds saved from those three - in one jar is seed collected from Elan/Etampes plants, in the other seed collected from regional type.

Fifth photo - some old variety grown in Croatia - elongated leaves that get yellowish as the plant grows. That one has different looking seeds so it's probably some other Valerianella species, other three are Valerianella locusta.

Sixth photo - seeds from that old yellowish one, still waiting form me to clean them and put them in the jar and the fridge for longer keeping.

Long term - I'll keep a mix of everything and see where it goes from there. All the varieties were very tasty and had vigorous growth.

Note - photos of the plants were taken in the various times and stages of harvesting them for eating.
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Great! We have the same plant variations going on. The grandma’s kind has thin leaves. I prefer the fat leaved varieties.
Any miner’s lettuce yet?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_perfoliata
Check out the subspecies section, coastal ones might work
 
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Hi Mare. I came across this topic and thought it might be interesting for your situation.
https://permies.com/t/166061/Pascal-Poot-tomatoes-grow-water
 
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