Alex Ames

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I have my tomato seeds started. Tried to wait until 3/1 but couldn’t!
2 days ago
Daylilies are great! You can do much more than breed them for color. Scape length, bloom size, eyes and edges only limited by one thing, they don't do blue. You can get lavender and purple. It takes patience, record keeping and rule following but once the pipeline is full you have a parade of never seen before blooms. It has enriched my life having that to look forward too.
Cilantro and Collards were good all winter.
1 year ago
I noticed a rabbit on his hind legs eating the tender buds of my blueberries yesterday! They just look cute!
1 year ago
Reading through the thread the strong recommendations for black cherry should tell you something! I can confirm that it is a winner!

The advice to plant some hybrids is also sound. I have mostly heirlooms BUT they will let you down sometimes. Last year Park's Whopper
saved the day for me and over the season I had enough heirlooms to make it worthwhile to grow them too. Last year Costoluto Genvese
produced well for me, as did Georgia Streak, Amana Orange, Mortgage Lifter and Swartze Sarah. Many other heirloom varieties I tried were not worth the
effort. Matt's Wild is a sure enough permaculture plant that consistently re-seeds itself.

In previous years I have enjoyed Earl of Edgecombe, Aussie, Moonglow, Delicious and many others. Brandywine varieties have all disappointed with the
exception of the Platfoot Strain/Brandywine Yellow.
1 year ago
John your help in our quest to grow better food has been much appreciated.
How about Christmas tomatoes? Rare around here but I am looking at them!
2 years ago
You give yourself good advice,"live and let live". Few people use the method anyway. There are reasons to do it such as allowing sunlight in to grow things beneath and productivity in small spaces. It seems very tedious to me.
2 years ago
The mild fall has peppers really producing right now.
I am "fooling" around with the same thing. I have had success potting them up and putting them in my garage. I had one for 3 years and it got massive. The 3rd year was not very productive. This makeshift cover may extend my season some but I don't expect to have the peppers over winter.