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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 17, 2020 at 3:19pm

5 Ways to Start Your Pandemic Victory Garden Now

https://youtu.be/D8W9vnUsxO0

I grew up in the "Victory Garden" era; families grew their food so food products could be sent to our military during WW II and to war-caused starving nations. The skill sets learned as a child last for a lifetime, to be passed on to the next generation through shared experiences. Gardening with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren gives me untold pleasures.

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on May 14, 2020 at 5:31am

The reason genetic diversity is disappearing is that our food is produced by fewer and fewer farms. worst yet, those farms are concentrated into areas of similar growing conditions. So all farms tend to grow the same varieties.

As gardeners, we have the opportunity to seek out and experiment with many different varieties that still remain.

When we all get our favorites, the genetics will be as varied as our growing conditions X personalities.

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on May 14, 2020 at 5:25am

Yes. I am searching for genetics that may work well in my growing conditions.

Rare plants I am trying this year include:

8 tomato varieties

2 squash varieties

2 cucumber varieties.

I have more recorded in my spreadsheet but there's only so much time and money and space.

Between now and next February, I will be collecting more seeds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 14, 2020 at 2:56am

Jotham, thanks for the lead to corn variety called Gaspe - Flint. I like its history.

According to Seeds of Diversity, https://seeds.ca/sw8/web/store

"The problem is that plant genetic diversity is disappearing. Fast. 

75% of global food biodiversity has become extinct in the past 100 years.

60% of the remaining gene pool of crop plants is inadequately conserved and studied.

90% of the remaining gene pool of crop plants is not being used commercially.

All of our cultivated plants depend on human care. They don't grow in the wild, only in gardens and farms. That means if nobody grows a particular variety and saves its seeds, that variety becomes extinct forever."

Comment by Dale (ForestWind) on April 29, 2020 at 9:31pm

Cannot wait until the weather gets a bit warmer to start gardening again. Missing all the herbs, tomatoes that grow in the warm weather but die off in the autumn. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 29, 2020 at 2:13pm

I'll plant 5 or 10 corn plants this year.  That's all I have room for.

Comment by Jotham Timothy Bessey on April 29, 2020 at 10:18am

There's a corn variety called Gaspe - Flint

Fifty days to maturity.

I have not tried it yet

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 28, 2020 at 10:52pm

Spud, will you be planting corn this year? How did last year's corn taste? 

Larry wants some corn planted but our growing year is so short, the ears barely have time to develop. I will get some started in the next few days in the greenhouse in paper pots and transplant them out to the garden about June 1. Hopefully, we won't have a frost in mid-June! I chose a variety that was developed in Canada but I don't recall the name just now. I'll check the seedbox when I go out to the greenhouse tomorrow.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 28, 2020 at 4:24pm

Joan, last year, I started 4 corn in small containers and they became root-bound before I transplanted them.  They gave me about 4 fairly good sized ears anyway.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 28, 2020 at 7:06am

Spud, I concur with Joan. Good luck!

I noticed my peas are sprouting. Potatoes, too. Sweet corn seeds (Ambrosia) got in the ground yesterday--first planting. I'm going to have two "blocks", the second of which will be planted in 2 weeks. My daughter gave me starts of cabbage, chard, and broccoli, about 2 dozen of the latter! That's going to be a lot of broc later in the summer. Oh yes, and 8 tomato plants of different varieties. Oh the joy!

 

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