Ella's Garden 2012 HOG WILD SEED SWAP: Joseph -- 2012 -- http://cubits.org/users/mail/new.php?q=joseph

Members Name: Joseph -- 2012 -- http://cubits.org/users/mail/new.php?q=joseph


My seeds are promiscuously pollinated (PP) and have been adaptively selected to thrive in my garden. I believe this seed to be most suitable for gardens that share my pests, clayish calcite soil, arid climate, cool-nighted, high altitude, brilliantly-sunlit, short growing season, and philosophy towards diversity. I expect that the more of those conditions you share with me the better my seeds will do for you. If you require stability or predictability from your seeds you should look elsewhere. If you like new and exciting varieties, or if you are interested in adapting a variety to your garden, then continue reading: I may have just what you are looking for.

I grow and breed mostly landrace crops: A landrace is a food-crop with tremendous genetic diversity which tends to produce stable yields under marginal growing conditions. Landrace crops are adaptively selected for reliability in tough conditions. The arrival of new pests, new diseases, or changes in cultural practices or in the environment may harm some individuals in a landrace population, but with so much genetic diversity many plants are likely to do well under the changing conditions. Landrace seeds are great for an emergency survival stash and are the traditional way that farmer's practiced crop security since time immemorial.

In the case of self-pollinating plants like peppers, tomatoes, beans, wheat, and peas a land-race may be thought of as many distinct varieties growing side by side.

In the case of out-crossing plants like cantaloupe, squash, or corn, a land-race can be thought of as an open pollinated population with tremendous genetic diversity. Many of the seeds in an out-crossing land-race end up being unique F1 hybrids.


Joseph's Diverse Cantaloupe Landrace: Includes seeds from Joseph's Best. During the past 4 years, about 100 varieties were planted and allowed to promiscuously cross pollinate. Seeds were collected from those plants that were able to grow well enough in my garden to produce seed in ~90 days. Orange fleshed. I believe this seed to be more suited for people that live far from me with different pests, climates, soils, and cultural practices. There might be something in this population that didn't do much for me, but could do really well in a different garden. [Lot# 2012. MyFolia #: r5xh-285912]

Watermelon, Landrace: This landrace is the result of a multi-year breeding project involving around a dozen growers, about 300 named cultivars, and thousands of new promiscuously pollinated hybrids. There is lots of variety in shape, skin color, and fruit color. [Lot # 2012-10-03. Germination: 81% 2012-11. MyFolia #: akmj-286267]


LISP Ashworth Sweet Corn, su - su/se - se+ (breeding program). If you only grow one of my sweet corns this year, this is the one that I recommend. It's a lovely blend of reliability, sweetness, and great old fashioned corn taste. The earliest sweet corn that I grow. Good tolerance for cold soil. For extra sweetness plant next to a 65 day se+ sweet corn and detassel the Ashworth. To select your own se+ variety save seeds from the sweetest tasting plants each year. (~50 seeds.) [Lot #: 2012. Germination: 94% 2012-10. MyFolia #: 2f6y-320257]

Astronomy Domine Sweet Corn, su. The most productive, reliable, and colorful cobs grown in my garden. Descended from the Ozark Strain, the Mendon strain, and the F5 Pekin Strain of Astronomy Domine: A sub-strain selected for quicker maturity. Red, gray, yellow, purple, orange, etc. Old fashioned (not extra sugary) sweet corn landrace. Chewy. Flavorful. This is my most reliable and productive sweet corn year after year. Great tolerance for cold soil. (I'll send about 50 seeds unless you oink for more.) [Lot #: 2012. Germination: 81% 2012-11. MyFolia #: m5x9-285783] http://garden.lofthouse.com/astronomy-domine-sweet-corn.phtm...

Paradise Sweet Corn, se+: Open pollinated multicolored sweet corn: An F3/F4 population. Still some non-se plants in the population. Very tender skinned. I'd love photos or reports about how it grew for you and how you liked the taste. Plant only in well warmed soil. To increase the percentage of homozygous kernels, pre-soak seed for ~16 to ~24 hours at room temperature, and only plant undamaged seeds that are fully plumped. http://garden.lofthouse.com/sweet-corn-breeding.phtml Seed stock is very limited. Germination can be unreliable in soil. Pre-germinating on paper towels with a fungicide is very helpful. [Lot #: 2012, MyFolia#: 66x4-286338]

Diverse Sweet Corn, su, su/se, se+: Contains seed from all of the breeding lines in my sweet corn breeding project. Normal sweet corn, sugary enhanced sweet corn, and segregating sweet corn. Multicolored. Contains lots of Indian corn genes. This is my most genetically diverse landrace of sweet corn. [Lot #: 2011. MyFolia#: bm25-286348] A few sample lines are shown below.

Joseph's Frosted Sweet Corn: Descendants of the most cold tolerant sweet corn survivors (about a dozen plants) from among tens of thousands of seeds that were screened. Contains only sweet corn. Short season to mid season. Selection is primarily for cold tolerance, not for great taste. A good parching corn. [Lot #: 2012. Germination: 75% 2012-11. MyFolia#: mm26-286688]

Hybrid Swarm of Zea: A jumbled up collection of corn and zea genetics. Early season to late season. Tropical to temperate. Dents, flints, flours, sweets. Small to large. [Lot #: 2012. MyFolia#: mm26-286688]

Glass Gem, Flint Corn: Perhaps the most beautiful corn in the world. How about those blue colors? Oh my heck!!! This corn was way too long-season for my garden. The seed I am offering represents the earliest plants to mature: About 1/3 of what was planted. A few of the kernels pop, but not reliably. Some of the plants on the end of rows had a dozen cobs on them. Very genetically diverse. [Lot #: 2012-late. Germination: 86% 2012-11. MyFolia#: gfjm-360137. GDD:10C = 1340, GDD:50F = 2400, (DTM 110 days)]

Joseph's Popcorn: I started this breeding project because I was tired of small boring popcorn cobs that took too long to mature in my garden. I crossed popcorn with Indian corn, and have been re-selecting each year for great popping ability. A beautiful landrace of popcorn. For the best pop, adjust seed to 14% moisture before popping. Cob length 6" to 9". Plant height ~8 feet.

[Lot #: 2012. MyFolia#: wtn6-306574]


Joseph's Earliest Tomato: Too cold for tomatoes? Season to short? This is the tomato for your garden. Vigorous, potato leafed, medium size bush, indeterminate vine with many saladette sized tomatoes. Some cherry size tomatoes. Early, bountiful tomato. Hundreds of tomatoes from one bush. This tomato is nothing but fun, plant it and watch it leap out of the ground. Disease resistant and most of all good tasting. A solid 6 on the brix chart. Seed stock is limited, so I'll send only 11 seeds. [Lot #: 2012. MyFolia#: 4z5h-286341]

Joseph's Earliest slicing Tomato: 1.5" to 2" tomatoes. Early productive vines that are still producing when killed by frost. Medium length indeterminate vines. [Lot #: 2012. Germination 87%, 2012-11. MyFolia#: 2zx2-360385]

Joseph's Landrace Tomatoes: A landrace of the best performing tomatoes in my garden. Includes slicers, canners, cherry tomatoes, heirlooms, and segregating hybrids. Hundreds of varieties have been trialed over the last few years: The primary selection criteria is that they must produce fruit in my garden. Secondary selection criteria is for tolerance to frost and cold. Generally medium vine length. [Lot#: 2012. Germination: 75% 2012-11. MyFolia#: 74u8-360386 ]

True Potato Seed, Open Pollinated

Due to the very delicate stems of potato seedlings, I recommend sowing seed indoors in 1/2" shallow soil, and adding soil to the pot as it grows. Or transplant the seedlings several times during early growth to bury the stem and lower leaves. Sprout in direct sunlight or under very bright grow lights to keep stems from getting spindly. Potato seeds germinate best at cooler temperatures (around 65 F). I start transplants about 6-8 weeks before last frost. Because of my decision to eliminate cytoplasmic male sterility from my garden and to not spread it to others, I am only offering abundantly fruitful potato seeds. http://garden.lofthouse.com/botanical-potato-seed.phtml

Bountiful Potato: The most prolifically fruiting potato I have ever grown. The mother is a red skinned potato with white flesh that produces large tubers which, some years, suffer from wire-worm damage in my garden. [Lot #: 2012. MyFolia#: h23p-286251]


Cucumber Landrace: A genetically diverse cucumber landrace. The ancestors included slicing cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, and lemon cucumbers. The survivors are mostly straight 8 or Marketmore types. The skin color at fresh eating stage is light yellow to dark green. [Lot #: 2012. MyFolia#: 59rg-286337]

Joseph's Landrace Moschata, Small/Medium: Butternut squash, Moschata pumpkins, long necked squash, etc. Yellow or orange flesh. I am selecting for oranger flesh each year. Some of the ancestors of this seed came out of the amazingly genetically diverse Long Island Seed Project. Other ancestors are modern hybrids and old-time favorite heirlooms. These have been intensively selected for short season. The 2010 growing season was 88 days long, and all of these seeds are descendants of those plants. It sucked to have 75% of my butternut crop fail to produce mature fruit, but it sure is a great way to select for earliness. The 2012 growing season had 84 frost free days. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: dyq3-286349]

Joseph's Landrace Moschata, Extra Large: Fruits around 20 pounds or larger. Necked squash, Moschata pumpkins, Long of Naples, etc. Yellow to orange flesh. Short season. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: dyq3-286349]

Landrace Zucchini: Lots of colors: Yellow, dark green, orange, striped. The ancestors of these seeds include modern hybrids and old-time favorite heirlooms. Some ancestors came out of the amazingly genetically diverse Long Island Seed Project and others from a Homegrown Goodness Breeding program. Contains bush and sprawling types of vines. [Lot #: 2012. MyFolia#: hkak-287080]

Landrace Crookneck: I keep squash shape and color consistent with the traditional crookneck phenotype. I allow diversity of other traits like leaf shape, inter-node length, and days-to-maturity. Contains mostly bush types with a few percent sprawling type vines. [Lot #: 2012. MyFolia#: hkak-287080]

Joseph's Landrace peas: Short vined shelling peas. Can be planted in my garden the day after the snow melts. Harvest lasts for about 3 weeks. The ancestors of these seeds include modern cultivars and old-time favorite heirlooms. Many ancestors came out of the Long Island Seed Project. [Lot #: 2012. Germination 84% 2012-11. MyFolia#: zkde-286247]

Joseph's Earliest Peas: Short vined shelling pea. Produces mature pods about 10 days earlier than my main season peas. Seed stock is very limited, so I'll send 11 seeds. [Lot #: 2012, MyFolia#: 4nag-286369]

Soup Peas: Purple podded dry peas that hold their shape during cooking. I grow them sprawling, but they could also be trellised. [Lot #: 2012. Germination 87% 2012-11. MyFolia#: u5mt-360136]

Dry Bean Landrace, Bush, Hot Weather, Quick Maturing: Contains several species and many varieties of pulses that produce a quick crop in hot weather. Used as a bean soup mix. I plant a week or two after the last expected frost. This seed is primarily descended from the 2011 Hoggy Seed Swap. [Lot #:2012. Germination 90%, 2012-11. MyFolia #:s9sk-308590]

Purple-top White-globe Turnip: Adaptively selected to thrive in my garden. An open pollinated variety: Not a landrace. [Lot #: 2011. Germination: >99% 2012-11. MyFolia#: sed4-286352]

Landrace Radish: I select for plants that produce edible roots early, that are slow to bolt, and that don't crack. To maintain genetic diversity I also select for unusual shapes and colors of leaves or roots. [Lot #: 2012, MyFolia#: ajpx-286353]

Spinach: A landrace of smooth-leaved, bug-resistant, quick-growing, bolt-resistant spinach. [Lot #: 2011, MyFolia#: 8yyy-286268]

Feral Winter (Wheat), Short, Hard Red: Grows about 2.5 feet tall in my garden. These look like classic hexaploid wheat. [Lot #: 2012. MyFolia#: n2fn-286694]

Spineless prickly pear (so called): Fermented seeds. Bright yellow flowers. Hardy in USDA zone 5. [Lot#: 2011. MyFolia#: x83r-285808]

Turnip rooted parsnip: A ball shaped parsnip ideal for growing in hard compact soil. Descended from Kral Russian with heavy selection pressure to adapt them to my higher altitude and drier desert climate. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: 8gm7-286728]

Onion, Cepa Bulbing, Long-day, Long-Keeper: Descended primarily from Utah yellow Spanish with a few whites and purples thrown into the seed bed for diversity. In my garden these are direct seeded in early spring and produce baseball sized long-term-storage onions by fall. [Lot#: 2012. MyFolia#: 69pk-327166]


Locally Adapted Landrace
Mixed cultivars and heritage.
Promiscuously Pollinated: More biodiversity than an open pollinated cultivar. [Not locally adapted and/or not enough diversity to call it a landrace.]
An open pollinated (inbred) variety.
Unstable breeding project
Ancestors included seeds obtained from the Hog Wild Seed Swap
Ancestors included The Long Island Seed Project
Ancestors included Face of the Earth Seed from Bishop's Homegrown
Ancestors included Peace Seeds by Alan Kapuler
Ancestors included GRIN: Germplasm Resources Information Network

  • Long season crops (Nothing over 99 days)
  • Forget-me-not, burdock, nor any other burr!!!
  • Prefer vegetables over flowers.

Great Basin silty/clay playa. Bountifully sprinkle irrigated desert. Scorching hot days. Super low humidity. Cold nights. Breeding multicolored sugary enhanced sweet corn, cantaloupes, potatoes, shelling peas, snap/dry beans, watermelon, radishes, spinach, and moschata (butternut) squash. I grow much of my own seed. One acre in cultivation. http://garden.lofthouse.com

Posted by bluelytes on Dec 5, 2011 6:41 PM CST:
Please send email to me at: bluelytes at yahoo . com for possible trade. Thank you.

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