Lessons in how not to be self sufficient

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Lessons in how not to be self sufficient

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Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:51 am

1. Switch off the freezer by mistake, not discover for some days and lose the winter stash of vegetables (which are to be composted) :roll:

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Re: Lessons in how not to be self sufficient

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Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:10 am

Oh dear - sorry to hear this! Sure we've all done something like this in our lives...
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Re: Lessons in how not to be self sufficient

Post: # 293205Post BernardSmith
Sun Nov 10, 2019 5:59 pm

Tried to grow some tomatoes and cucumber from seed this year..Managed to harvest a handful of cucs but after about three months I had a few tiny fruit but then the frost set in and that was the end of that experiment. So an inexpensive experiment that turned out to be quite unsuccessful.

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Re: Lessons in how not to be self sufficient

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Wed Nov 13, 2019 5:43 pm

Was it self saved seed?

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Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:56 am

Strange ... just about all the tomatoes I grow are saved seed from year to year and so far no problems.
I DID have a problem with bought seed this year though. I ordered "Golden Grape" and when they fruited they were "golden" alright, but not the "grape" part, they were fairly huge beefsteak ones. They were very nice flavour though and well behaved plants, so have renamed it "Golden Grapefruit" and saved seed for next year.
The 2nd one was ordered as "Black Prince" but was most definitely a Gardeners Delight, both from the same seed company.

I don't save seed from cucumbers as I haven't grown one yet that I like enough to grow again, but I do save seed from squash, and this year from bolted onions.
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Re: Lessons in how not to be self sufficient

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Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:52 pm

The seeds I used were from store bought vegetables and not saved from last year's harvest. Lesson learned. (Perhaps these vegetables are irradiated, though I thought they were grown locally

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Re: Lessons in how not to be self sufficient

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Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:17 pm

BernardSmith wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:52 pm
The seeds I used were from store bought vegetables
Ah, they were probably F1 hybrids then, and saved seed from F1's usually have very variable results.
Most commercial fruit and veg nowadays is from hybrid plants so that the plants are uniform and all crop at the same time

The only sure way to get the same traits as the parent with saved seed is to take it from open pollinated or heritage varieties
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