William Schlegel

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Reed,

I worked for a little while for a guy who was way into older heirlooms. He had us grow a french heirloom with deep ribbing and color change. Story was it was once a important market type. I can't remember the name. It got ripe for me, I saved but have since expended the little seed. I think I got one like it and like the picture in with Joseph's this year.
4 days ago
Lots of hermaphrodite ears in the sweet corn I grew this summer. Often a single tassel sticking out of the tip of an ear.
I don't have my mom in my garden much!

I use three kinds of labels, plastic tags cut from yogurt cartons, plastic and wire flags, and little paper price tags that have a string and paper that can be tied on.

I regret the plastic it leads to microplastic in my garden. I use a very permanent garden marker on the plastic.

Wooden tags and wooden stakes could replace the plastic. It might be nice to dremel or carve in the name rather than use a permanent marker with who knows what chemicals attached. That might be what I go to to eliminate the microplastic issue.

Seed saving is cultural. Largely what you are describing with your mom is a cultural shift you are trying to implement. My parents used to save seed by putting unused portions of seed packets in a jar and planting from them again the next year. Very little seed was just saved plant to seed in their generation. Your mom is in that same mind set where an overripe vegetable is starting to go to waste. Unfortunately I sometimes over save seed! I think sometimes I could supply the entire local seed library.

The Hidatsa culture as described in the book "Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden" had a leaf folding technique to mark seed squashes. This was understood by all the gardeners- that squash is for seed, ok, moving on. So basically what you are asking is how to get your mom on the same page as you in regards to seed saving. A large wooden stake that says in big letters "Mom Don't pick this one it is for seed!!!"?? Generally though just talking to your mom quite a bit and accepting that there will be mistakes and some conflict when two people share and collaborate on a garden. Still remember a squash that my mom and sister ate as a summer squash that I wanted for seed back about 2004 or 2005.
1 month ago
I harvested all the squash that looked close to seed ripe of the Lofthouse Crookneck Landrace.

Then I put a sprinkler on it and the patch is one of the few things that survived that early first frost.

There is one off type, looks straightneck and a bit larger diameter like a zuchhini. Semi vining. Interested Ryan? It didn't make it into the first batch, but now that the patch survived I think it may make it.

Everything was looking bush till the end now a few are starting to look a little vine-ish.
1 month ago
Last weekend of garden starting up.
1 month ago
I don't think powdered milk would hurt the seed but if too much moisture got in it could stick to the seeds. That shouldn't affect much as milk is decent fertilizer. Just might be a bit of a mess at worst. You could always rinse it off your seeds with water when you were ready to plant them. Or crumble it all up, plant the milk with the seeds and water it in as fertilizer.

Color changing silica gel beads can also be used.

If you put the milk or silica beads into a little mesh or fabric pouch respectively they should stay separate from the seed.
1 month ago
When I am doing a lot and don't care about the tomatoes anymore I cut an x on the blossom end then squeeze hard into a bucket. Then I let it ferment for a few days till the gel seperates. Then I spray to rinse.

Think I'll go do that now!
1 month ago
Yep some are delightful.
1 month ago
Last weekend my Lofthouse crookneck squash surprised me with little squash, we'll three of them. Fortunately the yellow crookneck are in a patch that did not get partially frosted last week. Weird weather, now tomorrow will be 92F. Hopefully the squash get their hurry up on and set some seed for me.
2 months ago
Still no female flowers.
2 months ago