Reading the Gardeners’ Landscape 9-7-07

September 8, 2007

Well it looks like many backyard gardeners are still busy harvesting, preserving, and enjoying the fruits of their labor in the vegetable garden.

Others have begun to shut things down as they prep the garden for a brief slumber, while the more fanatical growers are merely shifting gears to match suitable crops to the changing autumn conditions.

If you’ve spent much time around here you’re probably already familiar with my mantra that a fall vegetable garden is without a doubt the best garden of all!

horned tomato.thumbnail Reading the Gardeners Landscape 9 7 07Here are some interesting gardening links to photos and articles detailing what’s growing and being discussed on other sites and gardens that I’ve visited this week:

 

  • Opal at Vegan Momma has been harvesting what she describes as “not a lot of produce” from her Veggie Lover’s Paradise. Included in the haul are some great looking organic watermelons. Opal also spills the beans on a home-made concoction that she uses to keep insects at bay in her large organic garden.
  • Steven at Dirt, Sun, Rain hasn’t had much time for writing on his blog because he’s been so busy with the harvesting and processing of his Tomato Frenzy. Just thinking about that batch of Salsa Verde has convinced me to include tomatillos in my garden next summer.
  • For those interested in seed saving and breeding, Patrick at Bifurcated Carrots has a very interesting article on Seed Grex and Genepool Mixes. I’ve always been intrigued by the amazing diversity of seed varieties such as Rainbow Chards and Wild Kale Mixes. Now that I have a better understanding of what makes up a grex, all I need is a working definition of a “land race” variety.
  • Speaking of seed saving, take a look at the article and Seeds Being Served Up by Christa at Calendula & Concrete. She supplies plenty of food for thought along with reasons to consider planting a few heirlooms in your next garden. Christa’s article and the photos touch on the simplicity as well as a few of the complexites found in the world of seed preservation.
  • Katherine emailed the photo shown above of a tomato from the garden of John and Rose that’s sprouting an unusual horn. If that isn’t strange enough, I stumbled upon this collection of odd looking vegetables at the Texas Cooperative Extension’s site. There’s also an explanation of what can cause these oddities to crop up in your own garden.
  • As long as we’re looking at photos, venture on over to Skippy’s Garden and enjoy the Bird’s Eye View of the Garden that Skippy’s gardener has posted to offer a unique sight of the garden’s progression throughout the season. Pretty neat, huh?




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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Karrin September 10, 2007 at 10:38 am

The information on Fall gardening is fabulous! I am one of those gardeners that tends to slow things down for the Winter but am considering trying my hand at the Fall veggies. Thank You for taking the time to provide links to so many fun sites.

Patrick September 11, 2007 at 9:59 am

Hi Kenny,

The word landrace is probably German, and I don’t think it makes much sense in English.

When you have one word that means two different things in two different languages, it’s called a false friend. Both ‘land’ and ‘race’ are false friends with German.

In English we have a variety of vegetable, a breed of dog or a race of people. At least in Dutch, and probably German (I don’t speak German), everything is a ‘race’. So you have a race of vegetable, instead of a variety.

The word ‘land’ in German really means ‘country’ or ‘region’, it doesn’t mean the same as land in English.

So, if you put together land (country or region) and race (variety), it means you have a plant variety that has been breed for a particular country or region. This is what ‘landrace’ means. Søren took this one step further, by saying ‘gardenrace’, meaning his melons were a variety breed specifically for his garden.

I hope this makes sense… It took me a little while to think it through myself! Landrace is an English word, and it is in the dictionary, but I think it makes more sense if you understand the origin of the word. I came across an article recently that uses the word:

http://www.cimmyt.org/english/wps/news/2007/aug/Jala.htm

Kenny Point September 11, 2007 at 10:35 am

Karrin, thanks for stopping by. Growing vagetables during the fall season is just so easy and rewarding that you can’t go wrong with giving it a shot.

Patrick, thanks a lot for the info and yes it does make sense. I guess I was focused on a landrace as more of a diverse assortment of seed genetics like that found in a grex rather than as a distinct, refined, and localized seed variety.

Robinson September 16, 2007 at 10:58 pm

I had several horned tomatoes in my garden this year too. My kids got a kick out of them.

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