Phil Gardener

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since Jul 17, 2015
Near Philadelphia, PA
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Those look great, Megan!  That's quite a slope you have there, and the water moderating your temperatures!  Looking forward to following this thread as your trees grow and mature!
13 hours ago
Welcome!  Looks like a challenge.  What is your ability to control the water level behind the dam?  Do you have an overflow and/or sluice gate?  That will be critical to both repair and ongoing maintenance, particularly if you are picking up a lot of rainfall at times.  Good luck and keep us posted as to your progress!
13 hours ago
I've grown them here on the East Coast - good yields but small seeds and the pods tended to shatter if I let them dry completely in the garden

https://shop.nativeseeds.org/collections/tepary-beans as some interesting Southwest varieties you might try!
2 days ago
Sounds like you are off to a good start!  I'm not an expert but have found that both time and temperature are variables that complicate hitting the consistency I am seeking. 

Observation is key - watch and taste as you go.  If it is cooler in your home, your culture will need more time to reach your desired endpoint than if it is warm, and day to day variations made this very confusing at first.  I'm still working at it but think that was an important insight.

Good luck and continue to share your progress!
4 days ago
That's an interesting approach!  I've dug and cured in the warmth following tradition - I put the tubers in a box and place that in a car parked in the sun, so the space is warm and humid.  Last year, things turned cooler, so I wasn't happy with the temps I could achieve during curing but the sweets seemed fine.

I have had problems in the past with tubers splitting when it is really wet in late summer.  Hope you and your crop have done OK, Susan, with Hurricane Florence!

What a beautiful piece of property!  It is wonderful to hear your plans and see your progress!
2 weeks ago
That's quite a nice increase in numbers but would get in the way of single plants sizing up as useful leeks?  Perhaps that is seasonal? 

Following your experience with interest!
2 weeks ago
I've had OK germination from seeds from commercial fruit - used a fermented prep as for tomato seeds followed by air drying.   
3 weeks ago
You might try googling "pottery supply" for your area; good sources for small numbers of firebrick and fiber board as they are used in building kilns and for kiln repair.
3 weeks ago