I'm curious if anyone has ever done anything with them.
Phil Gardener wrote:Both male-fertile and male-sterile purple carrots are available commercially, and you can tell the difference by examining the umbels carefully.
I don't save seeds from carrots that bolt during their first year, because I want the root to have a whole growing season to swell and get larger. Once the flower stalk starts forming, the root becomes tough and inedible to me. Yield is tiny on carrots that bolt after a few months growth.
When someone starts saving seeds, they become a plant breeder. If seeds are saved from carrots that bolt in their first year, they will be tending towards plants that bolt the first year, and turn inedible at a younger age. Or that are more susceptible to being triggered into bolting by spring frosts.
Natasha Flue wrote:The hardest thing for me to remember is that I can breed for negative traits, even by accident.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:One year I introduced the "exploding fruits" trait into my watermelons. Ooops. While it's a fun trait, and I'm glad that it played in my garden, I didn't feel inclined to keep it in the population.
Rez Zircon wrote:What's good for warding off slugs? Read up on all the usual methods and turns out when actually tested, they're mostly myths.) So I lost a few. But the ones the slugs didn't get to are about baseball-sized and are fine, from the same plants