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New Seed Selections-Diversity on a Global Scale

This year was a great surprise of both quantity and diversity of fruit and nuts.  I focused my attention on some of the most difficult to find selections as well as improvements I have done or found over the years on new woody and perennial crops.  Some of these crops are not found within the …

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New Seeds-The Pits, the Acorns, the Nuts

It is the beginning of something good and beneficial for all of ecology and the integration of all plants and animals. Every year brings in a different selection of fruits, nuts and other edible plant seeds from around the world all harvested at my farm in southwest Michigan. Even the Wild Texas white peach above …

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The Teosinte Plant

Teosinte expands outward. It’s an omni-directional force starting from a pin point and then outward like an exploding star.  This  makes it impossible to define by a small sample. Too late it has already exploded and is expanding at exponential speed. You can only gather so many fragments. The dust is too fine to recreate …

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The Corn Plant

I always wondered why corn was so luxurious in growth and existed in such wonderful dense green fields.  It was so perfect to me and completely uniform.  In this uniformity I experienced corn as a single magnificent and powerful force of nature able to feed millions of people and animals alike. That was its super …

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One Potato Creates an Expanding Universe

It can happen.  It was the daily activity of a bumblebee searching the flowers of the horse nettle at my farm. Nearby my potato patch resided filled with heirloom red, white and blue selections all in full flower. The flowers are remarkably similar. There was no goal or thought of a potato fruit or berry. …

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The Dunbars Plum: Wild and Domestication Combines

Every now and then I find some interesting plants at my farm which seem to have unique possibilities. Such is the case for the unassuming hybrid species Dunbarii plum.  I view it as an opportunity to create a diverse mixture of plums that you can create a population from as well as create new varieties. …

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The Yellow Ussuri Plum

Growing plums is a very easy way to sneak into the world of fruit growing without a lot of effort and fanfare. It starts with the seed.  From seed you can find out just what is going on within a selection outside the grafted and clonal restrictions put on by previous plant breeders. I view …

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The Ecos Purple Potato

Thriving in the midst of crown vetch in my mother’s flower garden, the Ecos Purple potato benefited from its nitrogen fixing capabilities while demonstrating its perennial capabilities for over a decade. The Ecos Purple Potato Once at a plant auction at a horticultural event, I purchased a few tubers of a purple fingerling potato. The …

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The Wonderous Beauty of the Mirabelle Plum

  It started as a small seed packet. I really had nothing to go on. My Hillier tree manual gave it a subspecies heads up. It said variety syrica. This alpine plum was considered a cultivar species and protected in its homeland of France. Soon I was intrigued at the possibility of growing and using …

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Strength in Numbers: The Edible Forest Revisited

It is not a surprise that people have strong opinions about how plants grow and what plant belongs where. Everyone wants to rule the plant world. Plants are giving and flexible. It is good to be a ruler of your plant kingdom however you individually define it. Gardening is such a joy to do. You …