William Schlegel wrote:Carol Deppe breeds her vegetables without any inputs to control disease and advocates that students of her works should not either.
One of her books is enroute to me as we speak. I can't wait to read it!
William Schlegel wrote:I also bought seed from Joseph Lofthouse and other sources online as well as a few packets of organically grown seed from the local seed co-op.
I can't seem to find landraces in Canada and more specifically, my growing conditions. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong spot! The farmers at the local farmers market are almost all using some form of conventional inputs. The local organic seed seller uses lots of extra inputs, plastic mulch, and irrigation.
I already grow with very little intervention on my part, but my seed needs more diversity! I have difficulty with many crops when adversity hits them. Probably due to the fact that I was sold on the idea that keeping heirloom strains was the only way to go. And now my gene pool is shallow from selectively taking only the best from such a small selection to begin with.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
My strategy is to include some modern homogeneous varieties, and some hybrids, and some heirlooms. Then let them creolize, without applying fertilizers or crop protection chemicals, until they become locally adapted.
So, add what I can and let the weak fail? Just get as much diversity in as possible?