Shawn Harper

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Portlandia, Oregon
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I do not do no till with corn yet, but I am working towards it. Currently I am mixing several corn breeds to create a stronger hybrid that withstands stress. However I treat my field the same otherwise and reduce tilling to a small hole big enough for the 3 sisters to be planted in. My advice to you is if you try it expect 50% or greater losses if you don't have strong stock.
1 year ago

Nicole Alderman wrote:

Shawn Harper wrote:What makes you think we have trouble with winter squash here in cascadia? I am not sure of your micro climate, but in my area I almost have enough for 2 seasons.  I personally like the kakai hulless squash. They look and taste like mini pumpkins.  If you are worried about not enough time here is what I suggest. Plant 1 month early and cover seed mounds with a milk jug that has the bottom cut out. Most years winter squash does better in my yard that everything else. Last year sucked though.



I remember when I was little my mom tried to grow pumpkins, and they never matured in time. I have no idea why that is, but I guess I always figured that if my mom couldn't grow them, I probably wouldn't have any success, either (especially as I'm newer to gardening and my property is less ideal than hers. Her property is only 30 minutes away from me, and it has better light and lower humidity)



I have some trouble with large fruit varieties I've trialed. However pretty much any small fruiting type does great. I do grow in three sisters FYI.
1 year ago
What makes you think we have trouble with winter squash here in cascadia? I am not sure of your micro climate, but in my area I almost have enough for 2 seasons.  I personally like the kakai hulless squash. They look and taste like mini pumpkins.  If you are worried about not enough time here is what I suggest. Plant 1 month early and cover seed mounds with a milk jug that has the bottom cut out. Most years winter squash does better in my yard that everything else. Last year sucked though.
1 year ago
I drive around farm country regularly for my work. I rarely see hedges of any kind. In my area even getting normal hedges would be a huge step up.
1 year ago
Pine tree branches fall in my parents yard. We mulch the blueberries with them. They grow well despite partial shade. I assume they like it. In my observation, strawberry, bleeding hearts, ferns, and azaleas like the same.
1 year ago
Honestly it doesn't seem that harsh. He has reasonable complaints; I think they don't get across because of his broken english and sloppy website layout.
1 year ago
Failed to properly dry the dry beans I harvested. Found them all moldy in container 2 weeks later. Learned to always dry them a little longer than I think.

R Ranson wrote:

David Livingston wrote:I am a little confused if plants are changing why do folks want heritage ones ?


Yet other people miss the flavours of their youth when a tomato tasted like a TOMATO and not like soggy cardboard.  I belong to the latter group and every year I buy a tomato from the store - only to spit it out and think how on earth is this the same thing I grow in my garden?



This is what got me into gardening. I literally can't stomach the gross veggies from the store. I love veggies, but not the store ones.
1 year ago
@John W

Thanks for the interesting info, and the document!

John Weiland wrote:
The concern in planting it with the intention of supporting beneficial viruses is that it would be a pretty powerful magnet for non-beneficial viruses as well.  Current research suggests that N. benthamiana owes it's unusual susceptibility to viruses to a gene variant (relative to other plant species) normally involved in virus defense (below). 



It is something to be concerned about, true. I would certainly be cautious about any choice that radical. However the problem could be the solution; at least in a few years. Once my landraces are established, being able to select for viral resistance would be a huge boon! It might make roguing a bit easier for me and therefor support my laziness. Plus as the video mentions; most viruses are not acute.
1 year ago
Thanks for the post! I love it when sciency stuff gets posted.

It is interesting, it seems as if almost its not the fungi directly that is conferring the benefits to the plants, but rather acting as a vector for the viral organisms that confer the benefits. Another interesting thing to note is the species of wild tobacco that is a universal host. I wonder if these could be used as a sanctuary for beneficial viruses that might allow quick transfer to new growing locations to jumpstart the symbiotic processes. Joseph I don't suppose you are growing that plant?
1 year ago