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My Varieties -- Descriptions & Grow Reports / Reports from Indiana
« on: 2017-November-04 05:57:50 AM »
Over the past couple three seasons I'v grown several Lofthouse varieties here on my dried up ridge top in Indiana and thought I'd give a little report on how they did. Overall the have done very well despite their origin in a very different environment.

I had some misconceptions, I think, one being they would automatically be drought tolerant since they came from a desert but Joseph has easy access to water and is accustomed to regular irrigation where as my garden experiences periods of drought punctuated with storms and downpours. Another is absence of humidity in the desert compared to high humidity here. Some effects of these things were evident but still like I said most things I'v grown so far did very, very well.

One of the first Lofthouse crops I planted was a (short season all kinds) mix of tomatoes. In its first year, in a terribly neglected patch, it yielded a large deep red heart shaped tomato of excellent quality for juice and sauce. The original plant held it's self above and competed well with the weeds. In the next two seasons it stayed consistent and is now a staple of our canning tomatoes. I named it Utah Heart.

Some (dry landrace bush beans) flat croaked from a mildew disease but others, again in a neglected panting, yielded a quart or so of good seed in the first year. I planted them again this year along side my pole bean landrace in effort to get some crossing. I don't like messing with bush beans and just want to move some diversity into my pole bean crop. I'll probably do that again next year and eventually abandon the bush once I see new phenotypes showing up in my pole landrace.

I love the AD sweet corn although it is pretty much lost by now in the mix of other varieties including detasseling and folding several non sweet varieties like Painted Mountain as well as disease resistant modern SE. I'm looking for a highly diverse short season crop.

This year I tried Neandercorn and Harmony Grain corn. Love them and expect to blend them into both my field and sweet mixes. Found a few sweet kernels on both so they came with a built in head start on that.

The bead seed poppies are beautiful and hugely productive. Got almost a pint of seed from just a small patch.

Eatable dahlias also did great. A couple got moldy disease and died  but over all they did wonderfully. I dug a sampled a couple raw and liked the texture. I'v leaving the rest in place to select for winter hardiness. Got plenty of seed in case I need to start over.

Mospermia squash was a washout. Giant vines produced poorly and fell victim to the moldy diseases. Fruits that did mature were very bland. This one needs less humid environment and more patience.    Small fruited maxima on the other hand are fantastic. Very little disease, zero on some plants and delicious to boot.

Don't know really how to judge TPS yet. Last year was pretty much a flop but this year I got a nice harvest of small mostly blue potatoes of wonderful flavor. Only one plant made seeds from seed but I saved a bunch of little tubers.

I don't think this is everything but the sun is coming up and I got some trees to plant so I'll have to come back.

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