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Wim Carton
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Seed!, Seed!, Seed!, Or: A bright beginning to batata breeding (for beginners)
So. Things have been a bit mad around here for the last few months, what with defending a dissertation and all, which means a lot of things became hopelessly delayed, including harvesting things, and writing blog updates about harvesting things. I'm slowly ...

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A leguminous verdict
Wolverines's orca bean Summer's over, though it took a while before I could say that with some confidence this year. 26 degrees Celsius in the middle of September is certainly out of the ordinary for this part of the world... If it wouldn't be an indication...

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Mixing up the maximas
You might remember that I threw all cucurbit seed-saving advice in the wind this year in embarking on something of a C. maxima landrace adventure. I've let the bees do their pollen dance and then saved and planted whatever crosses they've come up with. Sinc...

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Peas on my mind
Well not just peas, really, but several representatives of the Fabacaea,  that is, the legume family. This year I've embarked on a small legume trial that I've somewhat bombastically titled  The Great Legume Project . My aim is mostly to try some new things...

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Sweet potatoes and some sweet sweet potato seed
Slips ready to be potted Summer's here! Well, that's what it feels like at least. We've been having an unusually warm May here, with a monthly average some 3°C higher than usual and extended periods of hot and sunny weather. As a result, the garden has gone...

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Bloom for me, mirabilis expansa
Mauka seedling, Spring 2015 I realize that a status report on last year's mauka cultivation is long overdue. I was holding off this post hoping that I would be able to invoke your envy with some pictures of my magnificently flowering mauka, but alas, the In...

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Early spring musings - 2016
Time for the early spring musings - 2016 edition, also known as my Utopian elaborations on the coming season's gardening projects. As last year, early spring can here be interpreted rather euphemistically, seeing that the weather for the moment is still dec...

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On growing quinoa, and the long road to actually eating it
I think somebody should do a study on the political ecology of quinoa production. About a year ago, prices for (organic) quinoa in supermarkets here suddenly doubled, from about SEK 80 to an exorbitant SEK 150 (about EUR 17) per kg, and they haven't really ...

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Inconspicious failures and lesser successes
Ah, winter, my favourite retrospective season, a perfect time to mourn the stillborn projects of past year and draw some candid conclusions for the next. Though I have a tendency in these pages to enthuse about the garden's most great and glorious crops, I ...

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Oh! You pretty things
Winter has arrived also for the Andean crops in my garden, so it's high time for some updates. 2015 was my first year growing oca (oxalis tuberosa), a major root crop in many Andean countries and probably one of the better-known unusual tubers from that reg...
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