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L Tjuringa
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Purple ball carrot project, ongoing results
Last spring I harvested and selected my purple carrot project. One selection was Purple Balls, deep magenta, small round blunt ended carrots. They produced seed in late summer, which was replanted in March. Today I pulled the patch, prior to fridge stratifi...

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Little Flame dwarf tomato project results
A few years ago i crossed Jaune Flammee with a dwarf white tomato early generation of 'Snowy'. Here's some of the results.

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Seed Crop of Purple Sowpeas
It looks like my first vegetable breeding project is approaching the end. Since I have limited garden space, I paid some friends to grow out seed crops in their more extensive gardens. Last summer, Rich and Gemma grew my first two lines, Heather Purple Snow...

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Topset onion trials
Topset onions or walking onions or egyptian onions or perennial onions are an old style of onion, that instead (or in addition to)making flowers, produce small bulbs or bulbils at the top of 'flowering' stalks. The ones I've grown always continue to stay gr...

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Floriferous dwarf tomatoes
Some years ago when i was growing for the Dwarf Tomato Project (which incidentally got me into vegetable breeding) I decided to try to breed a dwarf form of my favourite tomato -Jaune Flammee. I crossed it to an early generation dwarf called Snowy. Snowy di...

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Amuri Red Onions - unique reproductive strategy
I was given some bulbils of a very strange  variety of onion, 'Amuri Red'. It has what I think is a unique reproductive strategy - at least I haven't seen it reported before for onions. Instead of flowers, it develops small topset bulbils at the end of stal...

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Short fat coloured carrots take 2
Late in spring I lifted the second set of over-winter growouts for my on-going short fat coloured carrot project. The seed was harvested in 2014, I think, from a mass growout of coloured carrot selections from an earlier growout, grown next to some  Paris M...

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tomato cages
just a quick post on my tomato cages constructed last week - weldmesh, wine barrels, and fine galvanised mesh covering to keep the rats and possums off.

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Short, Stumpy Coloured Carrot Progress
I have been very remiss in my posts. With spring well and truly here, the Autumn sown coloured carrots needed lifting so i can repair the bed, and move the selected plants to an out of the way corner to set seed over summer. This project has proceeded with ...

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Portable seed winnower
A couple of seasons ago I built a seed winnower from a design published at  Real Seeds U.K.  . It took a bit of work to get it right, and I never got mine to work very well with lettuce seed. Additionally, it took up a fair bit of room, and to set it up I h...
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