Hi Antonio. Great to hear so many of your seeds came up. Everything in leaf already!
Here it’s just starting to bud out.
It must be surprising when you come back from Madrid and find surprises. This grew much more than you thought , that died.
I see my garden every day almost.
Any way, hugelcultures didn’t do it for me i’ve tried burying wood, then covering with a lot of compost. It’s always bone dry in summer. Then i added more wood on top more classical design. Still a dry and bit of my garden. In other places i tried again. No succes.
No doubt i’ve been dumb and done it all wrong. Still i’d like to advice you to take it easy with putting too much effort into making a lot of them. Before you get this one to flourish. I’d love to see your very succesful pictures before and after!
I’ve read other people struggled as well and it had to do with hot climates. The wood just doen’t supercharge full of water so soaks everything up in summer. If it’s hot where i am..Geoff Lawton from greening the desert doesn’t do them either as far as i know.
Saving seeds i love it so much. You have the chance to select for superdrought resistant varieties. Everything that survives the time you’re not there must have a dry resistant genome. The year afyer you can use these seeds and you get a whole garden full of drought resistant seeds.
In theory at least. If it all dies you’re back at square 1.
I don’t have a lot of water in my garden and water only if they look really shitty, so i have selected a little bit for that.
I have a Maroccan lettuce that i save seed from. First year i harvested it too early. The seeds where blanks. Still some must have fallen off in the field because a few randomly popped up. I have taken care of those and have harvested many seeds. This year they came up magnificently and plenty. This year i’ll eat the smaller ones and let all the big ones be. They are the ones best adapted to my soils. I’ll have more seeds to play with end year. Hopefully enough to just throw them around and walk off next year.
They cross as well with the other lettuces so new genetic material comes in making more selection possible.
I’ve got 4 artichoke varieties this year from different sources and i am going to put them together. Next generation will be all mixed. Landracing. Every generation will be better adapted to the shitty soils we have here.
I do the same with red beets, chard, calendula. Every variety seed people give me is valuable.Keep mixing in new varieties.
This year old people gave me well adapted beans
they took with them from Spain when they migrated thirty odd years ago. That’s so fortunate because i always had bad luck with seeds frim the industry.
I am looking forward to spreading these landrace varieties/succesful varieties to other plant enthousiasts.