Kevin Wilson

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since Jan 30, 2012
Powell River, BC
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Here (BC, Canada) microgreens and sprouts are classed as "high risk" products and you can't officially sell them at markets without jumping through a bunch of hoops.
2 years ago
Thanks Moyra! Your info on the flower size made me go out and examine my vines more closely, and now I see that in a very few places there are actually tiny bulbils in the leaf axils - as you say of the flowers, about the size of a seed bead. So they are producing, but in a very limited way.
2 years ago
Inspired by the book Paradise Lot, in spring 2015, I planted three Cinnamon Yam (labeled Dioscorea polystachya) in a large west-facing planter box. They grew well, made underground tubers, survived the winter in place, and grew again this year, getting about 9 feet tall. However, they never flowered last year or this year, and I'm wondering - do they take several years to get established before flowering? Do they need more summer heat than I have? (My garden is fairly cool for zone 7/. Maybe this is the wrong species for the aerial bulbils?

Any ideas/experience gratefully received

Kevin
Powell River, BC, Canada
2 years ago
Some interesting thoughts here.

The two things that have worked for us on a home garden scale are copper barriers (I got a roll of 8" copper flashing years ago and cut it into 2" strips: long lengths go right round a 12' x 3' bed and short lengths curled into a circle go round individual transplants) and hand-picking.

When we hand-picked a few years ago we dropped the slugs into a bucket of salt to kill them, but that left us with a bucket of yuck which had to go in the garbage. The comment above about wood ash inspires me to think that using wood ash in the bucket would work just as well as salt, and could then be composted.
2 years ago
This is something I'm very interested in. Off to read Joseph's articles.

Re storage if something happened to the house: long term storage is best in a freezer, and that would provide quite a bit of protection in a house fire or earthquake. You might have some trouble getting to the seeds, but they would likely be OK. Multiple locations also a good idea.
2 years ago
R Ranson:
It seems unlikely that it would cross pollinate with Kale or cabbage, since it's a different genus. We have a LOT of it here that goes to seed before we can get to it, and have never noticed any cross-pollination. It also seeds quite a bit earlier than our brassicas.

Kris: I've never noticed a lot of aphids on it here.
2 years ago
We have lots of that. I believe it's Hairy Bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardamine_hirsuta

Is apparently edible, but not very palatable.
2 years ago
Whole Systems in Vermont grows rice. They started out increasing seed in buckets, then moved on to paddies.
http://www.wholesystemsdesign.com/rice-paddy-agriculture-vermont/
I'm currently dealing with lower back pain and have no idea whether this would be relevant to Paul's issues, but here goes anyway...

My chiropractor uses Theralase cold laser treatment as well as chiro adjustments. I've found it helpful.
http://theralase.com/how-it-works/
3 years ago
Something that might help is "Enterprise Budgets". My province of BC has a bunch available here:
http://www.kpu.ca/isfs/enterprise-budgets

Your local extension service (in the US) might have something similar.
3 years ago