Dale Hodgins wrote:
They had to sell her horse when she was about 8 or 9, in order to get a carabao, which is a small swamp water buffalo. It produces milk and can pull a cart. Her favorite thing to do with the horse, was to ride along the river or along the upper ridges of those huge hills.
..... long story short. There absolutely must be a horse in my future. :-)
I've certainly gone well beyond the original plan to talk about building a small cob house.
Michael Moreken wrote:Another I call henbit that has clover like leaves and yellow flowers. Young henbit has a purple look to the early leaves.
Michael Moreken wrote:
Another name for Spurge, Carpet Weed?
Open-pollination is when pollination occurs by insect, bird, wind, humans, or other natural mechanisms.
Because there are no restrictions on the flow of pollen between individuals, open-pollinated plants are more genetically diverse. This can cause a greater amount of variation within plant populations, which allows plants to slowly adapt to local growing conditions and climate year-to-year. As long as pollen is not shared between different varieties within the same species, then the seed produced will remain true-to-type year after year.
An heirloom variety is a plant variety that has a history of being passed down within a family or community, similar to the generational sharing of heirloom jewelry or furniture.
An heirloom variety must be open-pollinated, but not all open-pollinated plants are heirlooms. While some companies create heirloom labels based on dates (such as a variety that is more than 50 years old), Seed Savers Exchange identifies heirlooms by verifying and documenting the generational history of preserving and passing on the seed.
Hybridization is a controlled method of pollination in which the pollen of two different species or varieties is crossed by human intervention.
Hybridization can occur naturally through random crosses, but commercially available hybridized seed, often labeled as F1, is deliberately created to breed a desired trait. The first generation of a hybridized plant cross also tends to grow better and produce higher yields than the parent varieties due to a phenomenon called ‘hybrid vigor’. However, any seed produced by F1 plants is genetically unstable and cannot be saved for use in following years. Not only will the plants not be true-to-type, but they will be considerably less vigorous. Gardeners who use hybrid plant varieties must purchase new seed every year. Hybrid seeds can be stabilized, becoming open-pollinated varieties, by growing, selecting, and saving the seed over many years.
Young kiwifruit shoots and fruit are very sensitive to frost injury.Temperatures of 30°F or less(-1°C) for only 30 minutes can severely damage shoots in the spring and fruit in the fall. Still,these kiwifruit can be grown successfully with overhead irrigation for frost protection.