A good crop plan starts with a good sales plan

Finally, farmers markets are over and the field is cleaned up. Itís time to kick back with a seed catalog and start choosing what to grow next year. Itís always fun to dream of all the new varieties youíre going to try and the new tools youíre going to buy and how they will make … More A good crop plan starts with a good sales plan

The Best Temperature To Run A Germ Test

I used to get so frustrated with my Nigella seed when it was germination test time. We would test 100 seeds but barely any of them would sprout. But I knew that if I were to sow these seeds in the field, they would all germinate. One year we tested Nigella germination at 15C instead … More The Best Temperature To Run A Germ Test

How To Harvest & Clean Chufa Nuts

Good old Cyperus esculentus.  This sedge produces a crunchy little underground tuber.Those tubers are Chufa Nuts.  (You might know them as Tigernuts,  but I learned about them as Chufa and my brain still thinks of them that way!) You can eat Chufa nuts and you can plant them to get more Chufa. At Tourne-Sol, we … More How To Harvest & Clean Chufa Nuts

Best practices for crop notes

In last weekís Build A Better Crop Plan workshop, Katie asked this question: Any thoughts on best practices for crop notes? Tracking observations about disease, pests, weather, etc. Do you keep very technical notes about that, or maybe just a simple running journal of observations At the moment, I didnít have as detailed an answer … More Best practices for crop notes

From Seed Extraction to Seed Storage

As the season transitions from outdoors work to indoors work, itís also time to bring in all that† roughly cleaned seed you have sitting in buckets and bins throughout your seed workshop area.† At Tourne-Sol this means moving seeds from the greenhouse where we dry and extract all our seeds to our warehouse where we … More From Seed Extraction to Seed Storage

Remember This Summer’s Flower Parties

Sugar Magnolia peas throwing a flower party with their friends the Mighty Mustard Mix. It can be hard to remember that this is what the field looked like only a short while ago. Before things turned to pods and seeds.  And cleared fields and cold feet. But each of these seeds has a little flower … More Remember This Summer’s Flower Parties

Eggplant seed has always frustrated me.

Eggplant seed is one of the seeds that gave me the biggest headache for the longest time. Itís one of the few cases, where if we didnít have seed extracting equipment, I might not try to grow bulk amounts of the seed. This is how we get the seeds out of the eggplant the Millet … More Eggplant seed has always frustrated me.

More Radishes Coming Out Of The Breeding Plots

These are some pictures of the latest stuff coming out of my winter radish breeding projects. You can see where these radishes all began in this post. Iíve been working a lot more with long radishes lately. Theyíre producing all kinds of beautiful things. Itís hard to keep it all though. This is the radish … More More Radishes Coming Out Of The Breeding Plots