My order of seed packets from Fertile Valley Seeds arrived this week!
Fertile Valley Seeds is the seed company started and run by Carol Deppe, author of Breed Your Own Vegetables and The Resilient Gardener:
After enjoying The Resilient Gardener and identifying with many of the author’s interests and goals in being able to grow a reliable food supply, I ordered these 6 packets to try this year and next:
While Carol Deppe also lives in Oregon, she is in the Willamette Valley, which has some substantial differences from the climate from southwestern Oregon where we are at. I am very curious to see how her varieties do here and if I can adapt them over the years to our location.
With our hot and dry summers, I think we may do better with the corn varieties. I’m not sure how the 3 types of beans will perform. I need to get the popbeans (chick peas) in to the ground soon!
– I planted 50 of the popbeans into the uphill side of one of my hugelbeds in the arboretum on 4/26/11. We are still having plenty of cool weather and some light rain, so we will see how long it will take for them to sprout.
– The popbeans are up! I returned back from a conference in Florida to find that they had sprouted and are growing well. Most were several inches high and starting to put out true leaves. It looks like ~45 of the 50 beans germinated and made it this far. Not bad…
If you haven’t grown garbonzo/chick peas before, they are pretty different looking from what the standard garden beans look like.
Another shot from 5-24-11 – most plants are from 4-6″ high now and looking good:
These have received no supplemental water or fertilizer to date. The weather has been quite cool, with temperatures down in the 30’s-40’s at nights and mostly 60’s during the day. I’ve recorded about 1.5″ of rain since they have been planted in late April.