Skip to comments.WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 3 JANUARY 18, 2013
Posted on 01/18/2013 11:50:46 AM PST by greeneyes
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We have a gorgeous day in Missouri, Sun is shining and the winter wheat is very green, the temperature is in the 50's so it feels and looks like spring, even though it's winter. Our respite will be over soon as the cold moves back in, but we are doing fine today!
I picked a couple of green peppers, that I left on the plant until they turned red. Perfect addition to some stir fry. Have a great weekend. God Bless.
Pinging the Garden List.
The idea has been around a while, but this site is one of the better ones out there.
Pinging the Garden List.
My Tomato Growers Supply, Totally Tomatoes and RH Shumway orders arrived this week. Now all the work begins. Probably this weekend.
Also ordered some superhot pepper seeds from Refining Fire Chiles. Got some Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, Peach Ghost Scorpion and something called Malawi Pepperdew.
We have gorgeous weather today too. First respite since about 10 days ago. It rained for 8 days solid at my house. Augh. The yard squishes.
Has anyone ever used one of the cloning machines? I’m referring to something like ‘EZClone’.
Hope everyone stays warm this coming week.
Warm? We swapped out 60 a few days ago for a refreshing 4 degrees this morning here in Red Hampshire...
Thanks for the link. Looks interesting.
It’s alive! I have a mustard habanero pepper with a trinidad scorpion style stinger at the base...now to stabilize that puppy...we’ll have to do a taste test later to see whether this has the standard MH heat/flavor or the OMG heat of the TS. Should be fun.
I have never heard of the cloning machine. We won’t get started till February on starting seeds. I bought a bunch of seeds at the end of summer. So a few seeds and a few plants is all we will order from the catalogs.
I got my orders in just after the New Year and already got my seeds.
Now it’s just a matter of the waiting game, until things thaw out enough to plant.
Well, the low one night last week was 65. That next day the high was 78. Then came the front. And a bunch of low pressure systems. It went to 35, stayed there and rained for a bunch of days in a row. Yuk. Then yesterday we woke up to 2+” of snow. Followed by a high of 50. Forecast for the next week looks to be about average temps and sunshine. Yay, sun!
I’ve got a packet of Habanero Blend from Totally Tomatoes. Also a packet of something called ‘Caribbean Blend’. Fatali, Mustard Habanero and ‘Hot Pepper Mix’ round out the super hots. IIRC the Mustard Habanero was on sale for $1/pkt.
What will you do with your habanero with the stinger?
I am thinking I may just go ahead and plant a few seeds in pots to get started. I usually grow tomatoes or peppers or both in 5 five-gallon pots. These can be brought in and out depending on the weather once they get going good.
A way to get a few ripe tomatoes to go with spring lettuce. LOL.
Well, there’s a 99% chance that I got a job!! I still have to meet with the director of the program to make it official, but the interviewer said that i was the best-qualified candidate for that position that she’d met so far.
I’ve been unemployed (withOUT benefits) for a year now, so this is amazing. The new job matches my old job almost exactly, with the exception being I would not have to run training classes. That’s good, given that I’m currently mute.
That does mean I won’t get to do as much camping as I was looking forward to, but maybe i can still arrange to camp out on the weekends. I’ll just move the tomatoes and cucumbers to the back yard instead of planting them on the land :)
The person with the variety of corn and garbanzo beans that I want still hasn’t updated her list for this year, but I did find another catalog that’s selling a good parching/flour corn, so if it gets to be much longer I may just order that one. The variety I want is called “Magic Manna”, and the substitute I found is “Mandan Red”.
(Any corn can be parched, but only a few of them actually taste good that way. Some taste downright nasty!)
And, last time I checked, I was still the only bidder on that freeze-dryer the local university is selling. If no one else bids, I’ll get it for $20! I’m already planning out my aerogel experiments :)
I'll save the seeds, grow them out, and see what I get. The 'taste test' will provide a big clue...
Good news on the job front. I’ll be praying for you.
This year we’re thinking of planting some wheat in a small back field. Actually, we’re thinking of planting some ancient wheat or, at least, wheat from before the green revolution breeding programs in the wake of WWII. The reason is that some claims are being made about proteins in modern grains being the underlying cause of many food allergies; especially gluten intolerance. Another reason is because we would like to try the tastes of long ago.
Years ago I worked in the milling industry. The chief chemist in that mill lab told me at that time that literature of the past had recorded values as high as 18% protein for wheat grown on virgin prairie soils. Any way you slice it, that’d be a different tasting bread. What did bread actually taste like 150 years ago; or 1,500 years for that matter?
My question to y’all: anyone have any experience or background in this area and what have been your experiences? Do you have any favorite grains to grow and where do you get homestead quantities of seed?
I think I’ve seen a source named in the ‘Wheat Belly’ book or in the associated blog. Dr. Davis implied that although the modern proteins weren’t present in the ancient wheats that there might be the same underlying problem with them. It might be worth a try though. I’ve thought about doing the same thing. We’re going to grow rice and millet this year.
Keep us posted on your progres. I’m interested in how you do with this little project.
I tossed them all into a plastic bag with DE, so if there are any more, they are dead, but I was dissapointed that a national seed seller would let that happen.
I grow a heirloom variety of Hard Red Winter Wheat. My original purchase came from Bountiful Gardens. They have quite a few grains and fibers as well as books and booklets you can purchase.
There is also a very handy chart on compost crop applications that I find useful when I am planning my gardens.
Anyone else have a great source for early grains?
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