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2.Tomatoes / Re: Breeding for Earliness
« Last post by Raymondo on January 16, 2018, 07:10:36 PM »
Ray, I have some red and yellow flint landrace accessions from the Aus gene bank, I can give you the numbers of them if you would like, or if you wait till next season I can give you a heap once I grow them out( providing they make seed!) or I can email you through the corn landrace accession list if you would like?

I didn’t know there was an Aus genebank. Is Joe Bloggs allowed to get germplasm from them? I have accessed both the US and Canadian seed banks but never thought to look locally!
Thanks for the offer of seed. Plenty of time to get more flints to add as I won’t be planting until this November, after frosty nights have passed. I would like to see the corn accession list so I’ll pm my email address.
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What Plant am I? / Identify this mint??
« Last post by nixphotopix on January 16, 2018, 02:53:17 PM »
Was hopping it was Melissa officinalis but google pics show that it has more standard mint looking leaves, sort of ruffled if you know what I mean




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2.Tomatoes / Re: Breeding for Earliness
« Last post by Shmack_1 on January 16, 2018, 08:46:47 AM »
Ray, I have some red and yellow flint landrace accessions from the Aus gene bank, I can give you the numbers of them if you would like, or if you wait till next season I can give you a heap once I grow them out( providing they make seed!) or I can email you through the corn landrace accession list if you would like?
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Vegetable Garden / What did you harvest today ... 2018
« Last post by Raymondo on January 16, 2018, 07:41:10 AM »
Harvested some lettuce, though not from my garden. I’m away at the moment but helping out in the garden here.
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Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2018
« Last post by Raymondo on January 16, 2018, 07:34:47 AM »
I’m away at the moment but still gardening where I’m staying. Sowed a small cover crop of mung beans and a few ordinary green beans, just called Snap Bean I think. I think I’ll sow the rest of the packet as they’ve just gone out of date. They’ve got chicory growing which nobody seems to eat so I might replace it with some lettuce. I picked up some bales of lucerne for mulch and it looks like I’ll have use it quick smart. This morning I discovered a roo chomping happily into the bales!
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2.Tomatoes / Re: Breeding for Earliness
« Last post by Raymondo on January 16, 2018, 07:25:58 AM »
Hot everywhere I expect but of course the actual temps where you are troppo are probably quite a bit higher than where I am.
Some great projects going there schmack. Can’t wait to move out to the farm so I can get my projects up and running again. I’m looking to develop a dryland flint corn in reds and yellows. If the seeds are still viable I’ll kick off by mixing some flints I found a few years ago. I grew out some of my old white flower corn this season just to check viability of seed and was pleased to see most of it come up. We’re having plenty if warm days with temps in the high 20s and low 30s but nights are frequently single digit which certainly puts a damper on things.
Good luck with it all and keep us updated with how your projects are going.
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2.Tomatoes / Re: Breeding for Earliness
« Last post by Troppo on January 13, 2018, 10:12:12 PM »
Sounds like some promising projects. I can’t wait to see the results of your breeding. Always liked the look of colourful corn over standard yellow or white. I have seen recently University of Qld are going to release a purple sweet corn... so much for my breeding. I wish all you all the best with your TGS, I never had any luck but I follow the work people have undertaken in the states (homegrown forum) and I admire their work/persistence. Looking forward to seeing your Pepitas.

Yes the heat out here has been bloody terrible for growing things. And to top it all off I’ve had to recently so now I’m really limited for space and have to grow in pots. I haven’t planted any sweet corn this season as it to hot and I just don’t have the space. Got some tomato projects going in and I have been focusing most of my attention on my spag squash. Have some F3s in so we will see how the go.
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2.Tomatoes / Re: Breeding for Earliness
« Last post by Shmack_1 on January 13, 2018, 09:59:56 PM »
I have all my flour corn accessions growing at the moment. Once I get to the f2 /grexy stage I will primary select for no till, dry land , parching, mostly red and white. I am also growing out a few packets of supai red parching which will be the core of the genitcs seperate, so I can offer seed for it. My TGS is going better than I expected with some massive bulbs from some of them. It looks like I have a few flowers that have set pods really well. Will post pics when all bulbs and flowers are done. Lots of other landraces in various stages of development . I have converted over to no till which has been challenging but also very rewarding. Which I don't think would work without my own seed. It's a very long term project. I am also Working with perrinial sorghum as well as tepary beans and dry common bean. My hulless pepitos are crossing up as we speak. how are all your projects going I bet your getting this heat were getting, probably hotter at gundy!!
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Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2018
« Last post by bulborum on January 13, 2018, 08:12:24 PM »
Have to seed the melons also in 3 months Ray
Last year all young plants rotted when I wasn't home
Probably to wet and cold in the poly-tunnel

Tomatoes seeding in 6 weeks , sorting out the seeds next week when we get again 4 days rain  ^^11^^

Seems that the vermiculite layer must be a little thicker for the Capsicum and pepper seeds
some plants are pushing them self out of the pot (don't root in the coco-pellet)

Roland
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Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2018
« Last post by Raymondo on January 13, 2018, 02:03:29 PM »
Impressive as always Roland.

Pleased that some of the old melon seeds I sowed germinated. They got planted in the melon patch which now contains Charentais, Green Bosnian, Lunéville, Piel de sapo and Sweet Freckles.
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