Mike E wrote:I'd just reiterate the early start, as I consider it to be pretty critical - especially in a semi-arid mediterranean climate like ours here in central CA. You want to aim for germination eight to ten weeks prior to the end of rainy season, so you can capitalize on stored moisture in the ground for initial growth of the transplants (when it's most important). "Potting up" the starts as required for root space is important too, especially in regard to tomatoes, as is minimal disturbance of the root systems when you're handling the starts or transplanting them. Combined with mulch and/or a hugel/raised bed, I think they'd yield all summer with maybe a watering or three to help them along if they get too stressed. I watched "organic" row-cropped heirloom tomatoes (no raised beds, no mulch, no nothing) produce for the last month and a half of dry season last year with zero irrigation, withstanding zero humidity and 90+ temps daily with barely noticeable decreases in yield. The quality of the fruit, on the other hand, was greatly improved (lower moisture content apparently = higher brix [sweetness] and better flavor).
Jennifer Smith wrote:I guess as usual I see something else here.
I am seeing dry picked, clean, sun bleached, old bones. Nothing tasty there. I am seeing this gunk being absorbed into the trees and becoming part of them forever. More a calcium paste than a tasty paste,
I would not partisipate in this forum if I did not think Paul is worth listening to, and if he believes, I for one will try it.
Scott Tenorman wrote:I just plucked a bunch of asparagus seed from my plants.
SUPPOSEDLY, these have been growing in the desert of Southern Utah for the last hundred years or so. Zone 8a, desert, hot 105 plus in summer with low humidity, 3,000' elevation. I got them from a local, and he wasn't trying to make any money off of them. They've grown great for me after just one year in the ground here. I haven't tasted any of it yet, so I can't comment on that.
I have one tiny mason jar of berries to share.
I'd love some heirloom stuff for a straight up trade if you think it would be a good match for my area.
I'm just experimenting with stuff, but anything edible is the only criteria.
Let me know.
Ack! First post. Don't know how to get text inserted. I really want to plant asparagus that will naturalize and grow in hot climate--California. I have California natives to share. Some are edible like acorns but not normal crops. Email me if interested. Bclowers@me.com