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Dec 10, 2015 12:44 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

I intend to follow my usual pattern and plant mostly beans, corn, and squash.

I've been working the last few years on creating sister-lines of some of my crops. For example, the butternut/moschata squash has been divided into small, medium, and extra large. I'm also working on a trombocino (extra long necked) moschata squash, and a fig-leaved moschata squash, and a maple-leaved moschata squash, and a bush-type butternut squash.

I attempted to make, and may have discovered some interspecies crosses between mixta squash and moschata squash. I'm hyper excited about those.

I'm working on adding new colors (pink & grey-green) to my buttercup landrace. I want to make a small maxima winter-squash line, but I blew the selection process this fall by selecting larger (~15#) fruits. Oh well. I'll scrounge to see what I can come up with.

Lagenaria squash are finally growing well for me. They don't sell well here, but I'm intending to grow a zucchini type anyway. I don't like putting all my hopes on a single species. So I aim to grow 5 species of squash well. If something takes out one or two of them, then perhaps some of the others will survive.

I grew about 2 quarts of fennel seed this summer. I suppose that I'll grow fennel for the farmer's market.

I'm intending to grow about 150 okra plants this summer. They seem to be doing well enough to devote a big space to them. I'll definitely pick wearing long sleeves, long pants, and gloves!!!

I'm moving my tomatoes closer every year to promiscuous pollination. I made excellent progress this year. Didn't get the crosses made that I would have liked. But some of the crosses from the previous year were perfect for me.

I have a high carotene sweet corn ready to plant in large quantity this spring!!! I guess that I want to be orange. I really like the taste of beta carotene in my food!!!

I don't remember is I already showed this photo, but this is my target color for butternut squash. I select against yellow and towards orange.

Thumb of 2015-12-10/joseph/d62361

The watermelons are finally where I'd like them to be, so I expect to plant them in large quantity.

I grew lots of carrot seed this summer, so I expect that I'll plant a lot of carrots.

People at market have started calling me a medicine man, so I'm intending to grow more medicinal herbs and foods.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse

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