Kc Simmons

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s. ayalp wrote:A little update:

Scarlet Runner Bean = Well it definitely has nice flowers. But that was it for me. Plants do not put on green beans after flowering. I have never had this problem before. I think it has to do something with temperature or (unlikely but) pollination. Each Plant is covered with 50-100 flowers for the last month or so but I had one bean only. I still have some hope, it might perform differently in the fall. Will see
Chinese Red Noodle Bean = plants didn't germinate. Pff.
Chinese Light Green Long Bean = great performance! I have beans that are almost 1 m long. I am trying to save all the seeds that I can get. I'll try to grow it as a major crop next year.

My scarlet runner beans made some pods in the spring, but stopped once it got hot this summer, even though they've been blooming non-stop. Like you, I hope the cooler weather in autumn will encourage them to start producing again. I also grew the long beans this year and have had similar results. They seem to like the heat, and have produced during the hottest parts of the summer.
One thing I noticed was the runners came up quickly and started producing in early spring, while the long beans were slow to get going but, when it got hot and the runners slowed down, that was the same time the long beans started going strong so, between the two, I have had a steady supply of green beans during the growing season.

Jordan Holland wrote:

Maybe I've been mislead, but I've read quite a bit about the ill-effects of inbreeding. Many genetic diseases come from a recessive trait, and repeated inbreeding greatly increases the chances of a double recessive.

Jordan, this is correct; however, in livestock, inbreeding is often done in an effort to identify these hidden recessives, which allows the breeder to cull the undesirable gene(s) from the herd and work towards having a bloodline which is homozygous for the desirable genes.
At the same time, outcrossing to an animal from a different line doesn't necessarily lower the chance of getting a "double recessive."
For instance, when I first started breeding rabbits I occasionally had cases of malocclusion show up in my litters, so I culled the stock with bad teeth and the stock that produced bad teeth and the issue was resolved within a few generations.
3-4 years later I brought in a new, unrelated buck and bred to the girls. The second generation after bringing him in I started seeing cases of malocclusion, again, in the animals descended from him. Had I not linebred closely, I would have had the gene circulating through the herd again, just waiting for the right opportunity to show up. While some may feel it's okay when the maladaptive genetics stay hidden, I prefer to identify them and cull them from the gene pool before they get spread out across the herd. Additionally, I don't want to potentially sell an animal that carries something undesirable to someone and end up damaging their line's gene pool by introducing the recessive.
6 days ago
I've had something similar happen with some apple juice from the store. One night I forgot to put it back in the refrigerator and left the bottle on the counter until the next morning, then put it back in the fridge. Few days later I went to pour another glass and noticed it was fizzy, so I smelled and tasted it.
It actually was pretty good; considering it was made from a $1 bottle of apple juice
1 week ago

john mcginnis wrote:
Hair my friends is a good source of slow release nitrogen. Sloooooow, like a year or two. The trick of course is supply. Your barber/stylist should be your best friend Permies.

Very true. I raise wool breeds of rabbits and like to use the damaged/soiled fiber in the gardens as mulch, under or mixed with the wood chips. It's a good slow release source of nitrogen that also helps to retain moisture.
Welcome, fellow Texan!
1 week ago
My guac recipe is fairly simple- just avocado, lemon or lime juice, and some garlic salt.
I tend to like it tangy, without any crunch.
1 week ago
Personally, I really like it!
I've learned that the most important opinion is your own; and you want to make sure you make your design where it's going to be convenient for you to access. One popular recommendation is to have the kitchen garden/beds close to the house/door, where it'll be easy to step outside and harvest what you need, without taking a lot of time (or, in my case, lower the risk of getting distracted by something else ).
Also, be cautious about the vines being close to the house. Not sure about your climate but, here, grape vines will easily consume buildings/structures in a single growing season.
Finally, I've found it's normal for a design to change as we continue to grow and learn. Each year I go over my observations and find things that I improve in order to make things more efficient and productive. The key, for me, has been to make sure the "big ticket" items, are effectively placed, such as trees that take so long to become productive. In the beginning I made the mistakes of planting some pecan trees too close to my septic system and had to remove them before they messed anything up, which meant I wasted a few years of growth towards a harvest since I had to start over with new trees. So now I try to consider the long-term scheme of things whenever I put in something semi-permanent.
These have just been things I've learned from my experience with permaculture design, but maybe some with more experience will chime in with critiques of your specific design.
1 week ago
Very cool! I've always planted the root ends and some have grown, but I never thought to check to see if there are any actual bulbs under the growth.
Great thread idea!
Things have slowed down with the heat, but I'm still getting some yard-long beans, cherry tomatoes, and ground cherries each day; as well as some peppers, squash & zucchini every few days.
Recently planted some sweet corn for a (hopeful) fall harvest, and am planning to sow some more cukes, summer squash, and bush beans for the fall garden (if the grasshoppers don't eat them as soon as they come up).
1 week ago
Welcome, Dre, and thank you for joining Permies!
1 week ago