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growing saffron in permaculture systems

 
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saffron permaculture . systems. we don't have a lot of rain in california but we do have a crap load of sun. so i was wondering does anyone have any best practices on saffron in permaculture systems?
 
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This guy's in California and has shared some good info:

http://turkeysong.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/saffron-dreams-musings-and-experiments-in-growing-saffron/
 
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Victor Johanson wrote:This guy's in California and has shared some good info:

http://turkeysong.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/saffron-dreams-musings-and-experiments-in-growing-saffron/



thank you :)!
 
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I would definitely mix in a lot of daffodil bulbs with the saffron corms to keep the rodents away. Even circle them with daffodils in a thick perimeter.
 
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not grown in permaculture systems
but grown in Pennsylvania by the "dutchmen"


http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food/2014/12/04/Pennsylvania-s-Saffron-Belt/stories/201411130015
Pennsylvania's Saffron Belt
 
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I've thought about this many times. I'd like to grow saffron. Talk about a high value crop!
 
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Tokunbo Popoola wrote:

Victor Johanson wrote:This guy's in California and has shared some good info:

http://turkeysong.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/saffron-dreams-musings-and-experiments-in-growing-saffron/



thank you :)!



I should also mention that the Turkeysong blog ( http://turkeysong.wordpress.com ) is an excellent resource for lots of obscure and useful information, from growing potato onions to making slaked lime and biochar. Lots of interesting experimentation--highly recommended.
 
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Just a quick note, the leaves are grass-like. Grass seems to out-compete it and shade it, reducing the vigor of the bulbs. If you mean to have weeded beds, it's easy to be pulling up the plants because they are almost invisible in a grassy area. I've gone to planters as a home gardener, and it works better for me.
 
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