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  •  Years ago (3+ / 0-)
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    angelajean, AZ Sphinx Moth, joynow

    A guy from Port Townsend, WA went there and brought back as many varieties as he could find in the places where the climate was as similar as possible to Western Washington.

    He grew them out and selected the ones that did the best.

    I started with seven varieties and narrowed it to two which I have now raised for 30 years. It very rapidly adapted to my micro climate over the course of 5 years. After 30 stray seeds now sprout and volunteer when it is time to grow.

    But in reality most plants do when grown from seed if you can get them to get to the seed stage in your area. The following year will be a little better and so on.

    A seed is programed to grow into a plant and reproduce it must do so for survival. They will adapt I even have a purple shelled spanish peanut that has taken me years to get adapted it only produces about 20 shells full per plant and I only do a few plants each year for fun. But they are the best peanuts I have ever eaten :)

    It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

    by PSWaterspirit on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:19:56 PM PST

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    •  You make me miss having a garden. (0+ / 0-)

      Sounds like you really love it. Home grown food is definitely the best.

    •  Does Abundant Life (0+ / 0-)

      currently sell the seed?  I would like to try some out.  I'm on Fidalgo Island.  The sunny, yet cold days are making me think of spring.

      The first real organic gardening I did began with Abundant Life and Territorial seeds.  AL's mixed greens is a perennial favorite that starts off with arugula and a nice mix of lettuce and then keeps going with the purple kale into fall.

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