Dorothy Pohorelow

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First off your new puppy is going to require lots of socialization.   The Cane Corso are a guardian breed and if not exposed to people, etc when young the can become reactive as adults.   For training yes start with a plain collar, a clicker and some treats...  Many dogs really dislike head collars and will shut down, a few will go crazy and can harm themselves trying to get out of them.   I can highly recommend Sue Ailsby book Training Levels, Steps to Success.  It will probably be unlike any training book you have read before but if you read it and follow it you will end with a fantastic dog.  You can find the book here

Food the goal is to keep the puppy lean but not malnourished and to ensure the proper amount of calcium is in the diet.  Too much can be as harmful as not enough so it can be hard to get it right when feeding raw or home made diets but it is possible.  Remember your girl will probably take up to 3 years to fully mature and can be well over 100 pounds when mature.  That is a lot of bone and muscle to build so she may eat a lot more then you expect as a puppy but taper off drastically  when mature.

Good luck with your pup I will be looking forward to seeing your adventures .
5 days ago
IF it is bubbling it is still working...  maybe split it next feeding.  One half feed and set aside until tomorrow and see how it is doing. Other half continue as you have been doing see if there is a difference.   I noticed last time I forgot mine it took longer to see a rise then normal.  I would feed, set aside and feet again the next day it slowly got more active and starting the big rises again.   Think of it like reactivating dried starter.
2 weeks ago
My fig cuttings were growing leaves then it dropped into the 40s again but climbed right back to record high of 92 for a couple of days.   Last night back down to the 40s sigh my poor plants don't know if they should be shivering or swearing at the wind and sun.
Wry grin one way to test for cold tolerance... note that a cold front is moving through but not that the low would be in the upper 40s....  everyone looks fine this morning but we will have to see how long the tomatoes sulk before taking off again.  
1 month ago
I have 3 varieties of runner beans I am trying this year.  Two are mainly ornamental (Painted Lady and Black Coat)  that are listed as having good pod production and flavor and one is a white flowered version called Flavourstar that was developed for eating qualities more then flowers.  It will be interesting to see how they do in our climate this year.  
For those wanting a smaller runner bean Hestia is considered a dwarf that supposedly only grows up to 14 inches.  
Here in the US finding something other then the plain Scarlet Runner Bean can take time but there are some out there.  My seeds came from Pinetree and Vermont Bean Company.

1 month ago
I know a person in the Micro Tomato Diversity Project who is going to be trying his hand at bringing in some of those genes to his micro dwarfs.  He and another member have talked about making decorative micro dwarf tomatoes.   ie novel leaf types,  larger flowers, different colors in the flowers, etc.   as a way to attract folks who would never think of growing tomatoes.  

My goals are more about taste and ease of growing them both outside in summer and inside during the winter.   The group is set up similar to the Dwarf project so we have our projects plus if we want to work on the bigger group project we can.  I started last year by growing out F2 seeds from someone else (that is where Steak Sauce came from) and this year I will try some crosses of my own as well as continuing the grow outs from the F2 seeds I was sent.    I am learning so much :)
1 month ago

But also to say that "fuzzy" can be your friend.  Breeding and genetic 'accidents' are the raw material of improvement and delight, along with curious observation, for seed saving as clearly Joseph and others here demonstrate.

I am hoping some of that "fuzzy" will keep working with the line of micro dwarfs I am currently growing.  My inexperience showed this winter and I lost most of my starting plant but not before a couple had produced some to me extraordinary tasting tomatoes.  My current crop are all the seeds I had from one of those plants/tomatoes that I dubbed Steak Sauce.  My first bite of that tomato had me wondering how I had gotten steak sauce on it.    Fast forward I have 15 plants that I grew from seeds of that tomato.  3 currently have tomatoes on them that are ripening...  I can hardly wait to see if I got lucky and they  also have that flavor.  

On the other extreme this year I will be playing with whites with fruity flavors and one described as having a unique flavor.  Crossing them onto a pink micro dwarf with a very mild almost nonexistent  flavor that I described in my notes from last year as a bag of water inside a tomato skin...
1 month ago
Why not do both?  After all I imagine there is more then one flower on the plant...  Bag a couple to get self fertilized seeds and emasculate a couple and use the pollen from the dense tomato on them.  Also make a reciprocal cross with pollen from your big flowered plant to the dense tomato.   That would give you 3 lines to grow on and see what they are like next year.  
1 month ago
My project right now are micro dwarf tomatoes.   Crossing them to selected tomatoes that include dwarfs, determinates and indeterminates.  As you said once we get a plant we really like we then grow their seeds out for 8 generations  so they produce tomatoes that are all alike.    So yes the seeds that get sold for our new varieties are already inbred.  

On the other hand anything that I breed for my own garden can be as mixed up and wild as I want. Plans for this year include attempting to cross a couple of different micro dwarfs to Amish Yellowish Orange Oxheart.  This variety was among those tested by the  Heritage Food Crops Research Trust and it was found to have the highest levels of cis-lycopene  among all the tested varieties.   I was lucky enough to get the seeds for it in a seed swap and I am hoping to bring those genetics into a micro dwarf I can grow inside during the winter.  
1 month ago