Zacheriah Ball

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Black Mountain, NC. Zone 6b-7a
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Hey, I'm Drew. I cook for a living, though I intend on opening a plant nursery eventually. I've been practicing permaculture on a rental property in black mountain. I'm wrapping up my second year with this land, which I'm considering a trial and learning space and an arc for future projects. I tend to feel greater loneliness as we move into winter, things slow down and I've less to occupy my time. I'm generally somewhat antisocial, and don't get out often enough, though I do like to go to concerts and to go hiking. I host a weekly D&D session in a hut in the woods behind my house, and that's about the extant of my weekly peopling. Most of my week is work, chores/errands and garden. If you think you might like to get to know me, than I'd appreciate hearing from you. Caw bugaw.
5 months ago
So I know it's silly, if not downright foolish... but I've the space and capacity, I have the technology... I decided a few weeks back to sow some of the Physalis sp. namely P. longifolia & P. crassifolia, with P. peruviana as a control of sorts. I know I'll be coddling them all winter with my sunniest window and supplemental grow lights, and I know it'll be a hastle, but god blimey I'm doing it. and I'm glad I did, because amoung my two longifolia seedling I've what appears to be a variegated form. It struggled hard as an infant seedling, and looked for a moment as though it wouldn't recover. I gave it the chance, treated it as best I could and sure enough it managed to form a couple of pale misshapen leaves. Eventually when it's first leaf was large enough, it became plain to see that my little longifolia is a variegated form. I wonder how uncommon this is.

I'll post a couple images when I figure out how.
1 year ago
I've taken interest in the Physalis breeding project. of my own accord I had similar thoughts to what I had seen here regarding P. longifolia x P. peruviana, and other ideals to enhance cold hardiness and yield. Also just to see if I can, and what I'd come up with.

I came across a few other species available on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ValeyracSeeds?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=1139396778&search_query=physalis

P. floridana, P. minima, P. viscosa, P. angulata, P. acutifolia

Most of my project will begin in earnest next spring, this was my first year growing P. peruviana and I just adore these plants, as do the native bees.

I'll be in touch,
   Ball Zacheriah.
1 year ago