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Aug 27, 2014 12:02 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
Last week snow was on the mountains a couple of miles from the garden. I'm expecting frost in 2 to 3 weeks. I've already taken the summer blankets off the bed and replaced them with winter quilts. But I've refused so far to turn on the furnace. I dug my winter parka out of it's hiddy-hole in the jeep and wore it a couple times last week. Sure I got weird looks, but why be chilled when it's so easy to stay warm. Oops. I just remembered I left some crookneck squash and bean seeds in the pockets... I wore a thermal shirt to work this morning. I was stripping out of it by mid-day.

Today I harvested Enikorn wheat, Lofthouse Wheat (courtesy of my gg-grandfather), landrace spinach, garlic seed heads, garlic bulbs, fava beans, common dry bean seeds. I'm eating the muskmelons like crazy that are being saved for seed. This weekend I'm expecting to take excess to market.

Oh my heck do I have a pretty butternut squash growing. I can hardly wait to show it off in a few weeks. I bet that your eyes will pop out of your head. It's not like any moschata squash that you have ever seen before in any seed catalog!!!

And gadfries I sure have gobs of Mixta squash. There must be a dozen mature fruits already!!!

My okra plants this year are as tall as my belly button!!! And they are producing fruit. I took about 20 fruits to the farmer's market last week. That's been a 3 year breeding project. The first year they got as tall as my ankle, and only one plant out of 100 produced a fruit. The second year they reached my knee, and two plants out of 100 produced three fruits. This year I have about 40 plants that range from ankle high to belly high. Some have produced a half dozen fruits and others have not produced any. The non-producing varieties are new, and not acclimated to my garden, so I didn't expect much from them, but it's good to have plants that are doing poorly as a comparison.

This season I also grew what I believe to be a cross between my feral sunroots and a commercial strain. 8 plants survived out of about 25 seeds that I planted. I chopped out the slowest growing. I'm looking forward to posting photos of those in a couple months.

Some of the winter squash vines are dying and I have started harvesting the earliest fruits.

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These tomatoes are currently fermenting on the front porch....

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse

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