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Heirloom Questions
September 5, 2012
9:28 pm
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skchick
Saskatchewan
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Ok, so we are starting already to plan our NEXT YEAR garden, I want to start growing Heirloom veggies, particularly squash varieties.  I have heard a lot of "you have to plant this squash 50 ft from this squash" blah blah blah type talking, but nothing has really stuck for me in terms of tips for real success.  Do I have to plant things far apart? What are the good/bad things about open pollination? Are there any books out there that you guys can recommend?! Any help you have would be appreciated.  Heirloom beans will probably be on the list too, along with a few other things I want to try.  Tips? Tricks? Tales of success or doom!? I want it all! ;)

September 9, 2012
9:19 pm
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Birdi
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Wow! Already thinking about the next year?  I am just starting to really deal with this one.  We grow alot of heirloom varieties of different things.  We are very diverse and plant many different kinds of things in case something fails.  WE like the heirlooms better, they usually have better taste  IMO and some nutritional value is better.  The biggest advantage is obviosly that you can save your own seed and not have to depend on anyone else. Its cheaper this way.   As far as planting it, this year all would taste great and grow fine if too close(cross-polination)...you just could save a reliable seed from it.  Like fir squash...you have to plant it far away to prevent the cross-polination. Tomatoes will cross also.  I think beans do not matter the distance. So the biggest downfall is that you must be carefully planning and have enough space. Good luck with the garden.

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September 9, 2012
10:40 pm
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Miss Judy
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I know with heirloom varieties you have to be careful about cross pollination...but how did my grandmother do it? she almost never bought new seeds. she always saved them from year to year. And she always planted her tomatoes right beside each other.

Baker Creek Seed puts out a magazine with lots of good info in it. I think either 3 or 6 issues per year. In the past there have been some good articles  on heirloom veggies.

October 9, 2012
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Two years ago I planted French Round Zucchini and Sugar Baby Pumpkins in rows next to each other.

I say I ended up with Pumquash and my hub says Zukinslaugh

It actually took me a little while to realize it.  I eventually asked my husband "do you think these squash taste a little sweet?"turtle  j

October 9, 2012
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lavenderblue
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There was a discussion on heirlooms and seed saving quite a while back. Here is the link in which I finally 'get it' and Sheryl explains it all. Many helpful links and helpful advice.  http://chickensintheroad.com/forum/the-country-garden/tomato-pollination/

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