Dan Borman

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I use "water Irises" of different species. I like the purple and blue flowered ones. I would give you seeds or starts, but mostly that is not possible trans nationally. I also use Juncus species. There are native Asters in this area that seem to grow in moist roadside ditches. These all have seeds this time of year where I live in Washington State USA. I guess what you would need are Facultative Wetland species.

I have noticed that with such areas of my own I need to add more small stones or gravel to low spots to prevent water puddles which would create mosquito breeding spots.

One might be able to collect seeds or notice a ditch clearing road project where "weeds" are being dug oiut and thown away so take home the "weeds" and plant them.

I did a Google search like this:
"small wetlands of Castellon, Spain"
that had many interesting results for me, including some constructed wetlands for various purposes.. YRMV

and another:
"constructed wetlands Castellon, Spain"
many good results possibly close to you and you might quietly ask for seeds or starts at one of these projects.

and another google search:
"small wetland plants of Castellon,Spain"
and many useful results in addition to this turned up..."Ethnobotanical review of wild edible plants in Spain" https://www.researchgate.net/publication/227510655_Ethnobotanical_review_of_wild_edible_plants_in_Spain

The paper here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/40424182_Soil_Requirements_of_Three_Salt_Tolerant_Endemic_Species_from_South-East_Spain
has references at the end of the paper that could be interesting for you also. Soap by definition is a salt, although the dish soap might be a detergent.

Finally. While the writing is somewhat pie in the sky for my taste, Anna Eddy
has produced some of the most interesting publicly accessible work on water filtration as she documents in her book "Solviva" which I have read. I borrowed it from our local library. If you had money you could purchase a copy. I have not read her newer book “Green Light at the End of the Tunnel”, but I would like to. The main reasons I point to her work is that it is written clearly, approaches problems with down to earth common sense, and is not afraid to detail failings of her own and of "the system" we are all so familiar with while at the same time she perseveres and finds compelling solutions. Like growing onions in urine water!!! Other practitioners of waste water management seem reluctant to divulge their methods, the species they utilize, or even patent their "system".
4 days ago
Hello Jackie,

As you can see from the other replies to your post there are many types of beans hailing from Portugal. Many of them are Common Beans varieties. I traded via Seed Saver Exchange for one actually called "Portuguese Bean" and have grown it several years here in the extreme NW of Washington State, USA. I am fond of it but only grow it every few years as I have many others to maintain and they all need take their turn. I believe it might grow anywhere in the US that Common Beans will grow.

It would help to know generally where are you located in case one bean would be better than another.

That said, which Portuguese been were you looking for?
Many years for about 30 years I grow Sweet Potato in my hoophouse or large cloches. Some years I get greens and I am fine with that. This year, my son over-wintered the plants inside. I then held/grew them for a few months on the propagation bench in the hoophouse. So they had been getting very warm in the day and very cold- for sweet potatoes- during the night. . When the soil temperature got above 60F I planted them in in a bed in the same hoophouse. Now for the first time I see flower buds on one of the two varieties I have this year. It is a "Japanese Purple", not sure which variety.

It may or may not be self compatible. If not it seems a waste to not try to get pollen to put on the flowers. I have a range of other options including selfing, BUT.......

Can someone send me some dry pollen of northern or cold tolerant or purple sweet potato pollen? Please. I can work out some kind of trade or pay for postage.


2 months ago
I have loosely rolled up a newspaper, then dampened it and put near the infestations after removing the other hiding places. Several times per day pick up the rolls from around the garden and shake into a bucket with water, or soapy water, or possibly vinegar. If you just used water you could pour it out for chickens I think they would eat them. Not sure it would always work, but pretty inexpensive and quick to see results if it is going to work. Please let me know if it works for you.
2 months ago
Stratification which is one way that normally wakes up seeds, usually it involves enzymatic or at least chemical action. Thus, stratification requires liquid water.  Freezing temperatures do other things, like physically breaking a membrane that prevents the seed to take up = imbibe water,  depending on the type of seed. Freeze tolerant seed "waits" until relatively warmer temperatures to begin or sometimes finish stratification. That said there can be more complicated multistep processes that are required for some species. More is found in the above links. Most germination protocols for perennials, difficult annuals, and some trees will be found in Deno for free download, and most of the species of trees, shrubs, and perennials considered in temperate permacultural applications are extremely well covered even in the older = inexpensive copies of Hartman and Kester.

The most general thing that can be said is that freezing does not stratify.
2 months ago
Normally seeds would not stratify in the freezer. Freezing may help some species to germinate but not through stratification.Your question would be easier to answer if you mentioned what species you are wanting to grow.

Answers by species usually can be found in Deno's works. Overview of his work here. https://www.reeves-reedarboretum.org/blogs/detail.php?What-Every-Seed-Knows-55

and here. https://news.psu.edu/story/141519/1996/03/01/research/seed-day

Downloads of his books describing his work here. http://theseedsite.co.uk/normdeno.html

Google Search: "Deno seeds"

also read "Hartmann Kester s Plant Propagation Principles And Practices"
2 months ago
Hello M.D.

I am in NW Washington. Would you be willing to switch to "Purple Mooseages"? I have a large garden and a large staple crop seed collection. The seed collection is intended to enable people to grow all their own food. In the attached photo i am in my rice and finger millet plantings. Hope to hear from you.
2 months ago