Lauren Ritz

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Daniel Ackerman wrote:Heh heh. I (kinda) wish they broke them while coloring and drawing. No, it’s more like they drop them and step on them when getting out of the chair. Or shoving them in boxes. I probably need to figure out how to train them to take better care of their supplies.

Which is why I suggested a crayon "funeral." Help them understand that these crayons will never color again.
2 days ago
That's going to depend on what you're growing. Some trees will root immediately, while others will take as much as two years. I have an elderberry cutting in my front yard that I'd given up on, planted two years ago (spring of 2019). But here it comes, with strong growth. Pistachio starts haven't taken off yet and I suspect they're dead. Apple, peach, pear, cherry? What are you growing?
4 days ago
I haven't decided yet whether I'll be closing it in. Probably at least a lattice with vines growing over it, but right now I'm focused on the basics.
It is exactly 10 feet in diameter.
Temperatures range down into the single digits (rarely) but usually in the teens (Fahrenheit, -10 to -20 Celsius). We get 12-15 inches of water per year, mainly spring and fall, and heaving would depend on how much water we get. We got less than 10 in the past year, so the soil was pretty dry once I got past the layer of ice on the surface.
Heaving is usually pretty minimal, but I'm not sure how the vertical surface of the pit will respond.
4 days ago
I planted them fully hydrated but not germinated. I did the first row dry, then decided they would have a better chance if I soaked them first. Normally I would have planted them dry, watered them, and let them take their chances, but I want as big of a gene pool as possible for this first year. Most seeds don't make it first year on my property, which is part of the point of a landrace, and this is my first year with many of these seeds.

I doubt they're dead--I think they're just stubborn. I have a sweet potato project that I took care of, and babied, trying to get maximum germination. I got tired of it and dumped the seeds that were left in my unheated greenhouse--once away from the bottom heat and perfectly controlled humidity, they started to sprout!

There may be something in these beans that will be helpful in later generations, but if they don't sprout after 5 days soaking I don't see that they'll ever sprout. If they need an extended wet period in order to sprout they won't survive here. If they need special treatment in order to sprout, ditto. STUN describes my gardening style perfectly.

Who knows, these might be a winter strain. I can certainly plant them, and probably will. I was just wondering if anyone saw a reason why I should, and you've all given me back my own thinking. :)
5 days ago
Ah! I have weed barrier in the shed, I could put it behind pallets and use the pallets for extra planting space. :)
5 days ago
I planted my landrace dry beans this week, soaking them first. Most were fully hydrated within 1 day. About 12 were fully hydrated within 2-4 days. Three remain hard after five days of soaking. They're all within a two year age span.

I see no point in planting something that won't rehydrate easily. The only advantage I can see is if they're planted in an area that might be inundated for days after they're planted. But here? No.

I think in future years I'll sort for those that rehydrate quickly.

Is there any point to even planting these?
5 days ago
I have a solar oven, which will have a dedicated place in the kitchen.

I'd thought of gabion walls (the stone walls with wire mesh) but the hardware cloth I have is supposed to be for my chicken coop so I'm uncertain on that one. Pallets would probably work. I'm not sure how long they would last. Probably more than long enough to figure out something else, though, so that's a good idea.
5 days ago
Melt them down, tell the kids you're having a "crayon funeral" and make candles.
6 days ago

Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I'm highly skeptical about most things that I read on the internet regarding seed longevity. For me, viability of parsnip seed is more about planting it at the right time of year, (fall) than it is about how long it has been stored.

Well, by the third year I wasn't able to get anything to sprout, so as far as parsnips the internet information is pretty close to my own experience. Other plants, absolutely not. I think I still have some downstairs, although I may have thrown them all out. I'll try this fall.
1 week ago

Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Particularly with parsnip and onions, I make a point to plant older seeds (like 5 years old), in order to select for seed longevity.

It sounds like your parsnip seeds are lasting upwards of five years. According to what I've read they have a 1 year shelf life and by two years they're mostly dead. Any idea on the age limits of your parsnip seeds?
1 week ago