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Re: Backyard Gardening

Postby shaunc » Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:40 am

It's been a month since my last post & we've had plenty of rain. Everything is growing well. The garlic & sage seem to be doing fairly well at keeping moths & snails at bay, but it's not 100%.
Lately I've been doing some reading on growing heritage variety vegetables. Personally I've never bothered, except with one exception, my tomatoes are a type known as grose lisse. The reason I persist with this variety is simply because they do so well in my local area.
What I wanted to find out was, what's the fuss about heritage varieties or is it just flavour of the month.
I know quite a few people that do a similar thing with their chickens but I've always found that hybrids are a lot hardier, handle confinement better ( when for some reason they all have to be cooped, or a single bird isolated) & lay bigger eggs & more of them.
So if any one here is into heritage varieties of either vegetables, fruit trees or poultry would you please tell me why you choose to garden that way.
Good-luck with whatever you're doing in your yard. I imagine the northern hemisphere members are starting to get busy at the moment.

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Re: Backyard Gardening

Postby Kim O'Hara » Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:35 pm

Hi, Shaun,
Two of the reasons for growing heritage varieties have nothing to do with productivity as such.
(1) To maintain diversity within the gene pool in case the new varieties all fail for some reason - all susceptible to heat stress or a new fungal pest, for instance. It's a real worry with bananas, for instance, since 99% of all the commercial bananas in the world are not just the same variety but clones of the same original plant, i.e. genetically identical.
(2) To keep the plant-patenters at bay. We don't want to end up at the mercy of one or two monstrous agribusinesses just because all non-patented varieties have been allowed to die out.

I don't set out to grow heritage varieties myself but I do like to acquire new plants by swapping with friends and neighbours, so the result is actually much the same. It even becomes another reason to do it - that is, to build a sense of community and encourage others to grow more of their own food.

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Re: Backyard Gardening

Postby shaunc » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:53 pm

Thanks Kim, that makes sense.

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Re: Backyard Gardening

Postby Osho » Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:02 pm

Apologies if this has been posted previously
Garden Organic ( formerly Henry Doubleday Research Association) at Ryton facilitates heritage veg seed swaps and seed guardians.
UK gardeners only.
http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/heritage
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Re: Backyard Gardening

Postby DGA » Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:18 pm

I have a small area in which to grow, so I've been attempting to have as much fun with it as I can, and make it as productive as possible too. So, I've been building mushroom patches underneath my vegetable and flower beds, or beside them. Fungi are among my favorite foods anyway; getting flushes of gourmet mushrooms is a side benefit though because the fungi have a way of feeding the vegetables at the root and keeping soil moisture constant.

Two summers ago, on a different site where the soil was this hopeless red clay and quartz stone, I fed the neighborhood fresh watermelon all through August and September. I ate so much watermelon my fingers turned into prunes every day! (this was in Fairfax County, Virginia, USA)

Here in Alexandria (Virginia, USA) the soil is different--mostly sand, some silt, endless flecks of plastic and styrofoam, and a few long-spent pistol cartridges (9mm usually). Once you get the junk out, some wood chips down, plenty of compost and organic matter &c, the fungi seem happy and maybe this year we'll fill everyone full of kale, tomatoes, beets, &c. And maybe some stropharia mushrooms too from the garden patch. I innoculated some logs with lion's mane mushroom spawn back in August; those may be ready to feed us this spring or maybe in the fall as well. You never know: gardening is gambling, and this is part of the fun.

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Re: Backyard Gardening

Postby Kim O'Hara » Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:13 am

Inspiration for those on DW who don't have backyards but do have a bit of urban space:
15 IMAGES OF THE MOST ENERGETIC ROOFTOP GARDENS IN THE WORLD


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Postby shaunc » Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:45 am

These look great Kim. If you're determined there's always room and time. The winter crop is starting to pick up pace, thanks to some good rain over the last month or so. The hens are still laying well and are helping to keep the snails down. At the moment we've got heaps of black olives, but I'm not a fan of them, but an Italian neighbor is going to help himself to some. Good luck with whatever your doing.

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Re: Backyard Gardening

Postby shaunc » Sun May 11, 2014 12:02 pm

It's Mother's Day today so firstly happy Mother's Day to our members. It's quickly approaching winter. We've had our first couple of frosts, the hens are moulting & have finally started to go off the lay. The cabbages & Brussels sprouts are developing their hearts & the broccoli have just started to get a head (only about 4cm across) as yet the cauliflower haven't shown any development. I'd imagine that in the northern hemisphere it's action on all sides as you sow seed & transplant seedlings into your beds. Good luck with it all, I hope it works out for you.

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Re: Backyard Gardening

Postby reddust » Mon May 12, 2014 9:52 pm

It's transplanting time! Squash, Pumpkins, and tomatoes are going in the garden this week. Potatoes are also going into the garden, fingerlings, yukon gold, red, and russets. My husband and I enlarged our potato bed and we should be getting around 300lbs this year. Enough to last us till planting time next year. Direct sewing, lettuce, spinach, radishes, carrots, and beets. My leeks, onions, and garlic from last year are blooming. I will cut the immature heads off my garlic and steam them...one of my favorite spring foods. Pictures are on my blog. :namaste:

I'm off to organize my canning jars. We only had to go shopping twice a month last year and this year. I have over 300 jars I need to get ready for canning later this spring and through the summer. :thinking:
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Re: Backyard Gardening

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Re: Backyard Gardening

Postby Kim O'Hara » Mon May 12, 2014 10:58 pm

Visit for streaming video of the ABC gardening show - mostly filmed in southern Australia and includes some food gardening every week. e.g. "The Patch, Date: 10/05/2014, Tino plants out the last two beds in The Patch" in the latest programme is all about planting out brassicas and peas/beans.

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Re: Backyard Gardening

Postby Ayu » Tue May 13, 2014 6:25 pm

In my place it is still cold and rainy. Strange weather this year.

I put some seed of a chillie plant into a pot. Out came some pepper and one tomato. :tongue: The tomato needs to come out now. I bet there will be one green fruit this year. :roll: I'm a lousy farmer.

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Re: Backyard Gardening

Postby Ayu » Tue May 13, 2014 7:06 pm

But flowers are coming out:

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Re: Backyard Gardening

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Mind and mental events are concepts, mere postulations within the three realms of samsara Longchenpa .... A link to my Garden, Art and Foodie blog

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Re: Backyard Gardening

Postby Motova » Sun May 18, 2014 12:13 am

Ya'll need to get modern and start using hydroponic systems to grow your greens. :roll:


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