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Sawyer

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Sawyer '18 Back from the Void

13 February 2018 - 12:09 PM

Hello everybody, old friends and new friends alike.  The last couple three years have been challenging for me, but come hell or high water, 2018 will be the year of the pepper.  I'll try to fill in some details going forward, but for now, I mostly just want to get this glog started.  The one in 2016 petered out before its time and I didn't even start one last year.  For any who would like to review better times, there are links to previous years' glogs part way down the first post in the 2016 glog:
 
 
For the most part, I'm using the same set up as described in those topics... a couple of multi-shelf PVC plant stands with 4' T8 fluorescent shop lights.  I have a lot of new stuff to try out this year, but I'll be starting with the old.
 
My seed stock has taken a huge hit in the interim.  I do have some old stock I'll be testing and adding to the list as germination tests verify viability, but for now, this is my grow list:
 
Variety - Source*
 
CHINENSE:
7 Pod, OS Red - 2
7 Pod White - 2
7 Pod, OS Yellow - 2
7 Pot Cinder Caramel - 5
Bahamian Goat - 5
Bhut Jolokia, Chocolate Brown - 2
Bhut Jolokia, OS Red - 1
B.O.C. - 5
Big Black Mama - 5
Brain Strain, Yellow - 5
Chocolate Bhutlah - 2
Carolina Reaper - 2
Moruga Scorpion, Red - 2
Papa Dreadie - 5
Pumpkin Bubblegum - 5
Reaper Bhut - 2
Scotchbrain - 5
 
HATCH STYLE: 
New Mexico No. 6 - 4
 
HOT ANNUUM: 
Gochu - 5
Habanero - 4
Habanero, Orange - 3
Santa Fe Grande - 3
Shishito - 3
Jalapeño, Tam - 3
Jalapeño, Zapotec - 5
Thai, Large Orange - 5
 
MILD ANNUUM: 
Poblano - 3
 
SWEET ANNUUM: 
Bellingrath Gardens - 3
California Wonder - 4
Palmyra - 2
Piquillo - 3
Sulu Adana - 2
Tekne Dolmasi - 2
 
Baccatum: 
Pluma - 2
 
Pubescens: 
Aji Largo - 5
Aji Oro - 5
Rocoto, Mini Red - 5
Rocoto, Guatemalan Red - 5
 
Hybrids: 
PDN-Bonda - 5
 
* Source key:
1 - Self
2 - PepperLover
3 - Trade Winds Fruit
4 - American Seed
5 - Devv
 
I do have a few other self-saved seeds, but the only one listed right now is Bhut Jolokia, Original Strain Red.  These seeds may be more than ten years old, but they've been refrigerated and last fall a germination test yielded around 70% germination.  
 
I also plan to start a topic in "Growing - Other" and one somewhere in one of the "Business" forums.
 
Thanks for looking in.  More soon.

Sawyer '16 - Memorial Day update

16 January 2016 - 02:48 PM

Okay, time to get started.  Last year was not such a good pepper-growing year for me, but it was great in terms of getting a pepper condiment business off the ground.  My only two resolutions for 2016 are to keep better condiment production records and follow through on growing large quantities of peppers.  To that end, here's the list of varieties I have.  I won't grow everything on the list, but plan to grow most of these.  Some will only be a plant or two (for fresh seed production), some will be many, many more (for sauces and/or plant sales).  The ones marked with a leading (x), I'm out of stock, but am keeping them in the list to remind me I need to replace them (by trade mayhap, hint, hint).  Others, I think my stock is no good, either due to age or pantry moth infestation.  For the most part, those will be the first I start.  I tried to format this in multiple columns, but couldn't figure out how, so without further ado, here's the list:

 

7 Pods*:
Barrackpore(21)
Barrackpore Chocolate(3)
Brain Strain Yellow(1,11, 13)
Brain Strain Yelow (superior)(28)
Brain Strain Red(21)
Brown Standard(1,11)
Brown Standard G3
Brown Long
Brown Long G3
Burgundy
Caramel F2
Congo SR Gigantic
Douglah(1,11, 15)
Jonah(24)
Jonah G2
Large Red
Lava(13)
Mustard F2
"not Red" (a serrano-/Inca Red Drop-shaped "not")
Orange(13)
Original Red(11)
Peach F2
Primo(1,11)
Primo Yellow(24)
Red(1,12)
Red Long(9)
Yellow(12)
Yellow Large(21)
Yellow Long(9)
Yellow x Douglah(24)
White(1,3,11)

Trinidad Scorpions:
Butch T
CARDI(24)
Chocolate(6)
Moruga Brown(1,11)
Moruga Caramel(11)
Moruga Chocolate(15)
Moruga Red
Moruga Yellow(1,5,11)
Moruga/Moruga Blend Yellow(12)
Red(12)
Sweet(3)
Yellow(1(iso),11)
Yellow Original G2

Superhot Crosses/Mutations:
Arkansas Peach F2
Arkansas Reaper F3
Brown Bhutlah(15)
Bubblegum(3)
Carolina Reaper(1,6,7,14,16)
(x)D'Bhut (7P Douglah x BJ)
Devil’s Brain(11,13)
Elysium Oxide Bonnet(1,4,13)
Jay's Peach Ghost Scorpion(1,3)
Jay's Red Ghost Scorpion
FG Jigsaw(28)
Funky Reaper(7)
Madballz(1,3)
Nagabrain Chocolate F3 (9)
Nagabrain Red (13)
Peach Pheno(3)
PDN x Bhut Peach (24)
Pimenta Lisa F3(9)
Red Bhutlah(15)
SBJ7(24)
Sepia Serpent(21)
Trin SB x Trin 7P(24)
Long Smooth Red (spicy banana)
 

Jolokias/Nagas:
Assam(12)
Banana Bhut F2(1,26, 30)
BJ Brown G3
BJ Giant(8)
BJ Orange(1)
BJ Peach(11)
BJ Red(1,11)
BJ White(11)
BJ Yellow(11,12)
BJ Yellow G3
Black Naga(13)
BOC(3)
Monster Naga(13)
Naga King Orange(15, 13)
Naga Morich(12)
"not white" Yellow Bhut
Peach Ghost SS(24)

Bonnets/Habaneros:

Bahamian Goat(1,3, 24)
Bonda Ma Jacques(1,3)
Brown SB(1, 24)
Brown Congo
Caribbean Mix Hab(15)
Chocolate Congo(24)
Farmers Market SB(24)
Galapagos(24)
Giant White Hab(1, 11, 15)
JA Hot Choc Hab(21)
Large Yellow-orange Hab (not GWH)
(x)Lemon Habanero
Long Brown
MoA SB G2 (1,18, 24)
MoA SB Peach(24)
Orange Hab(15)
Papa Dreadie SB Select(29)
Papa Joe Market SB(24)
Paper Lantern Hab(15)
Peach Hab(15)
Red Hab(11,15)
Schneider Farms SB(23)
(x)Snow White
Stuffing SB(24)
Trinidad Congo Red(11)
Tobago Sweet SB(24)
Yellow Congo(24)
(x)White Bullet Hab

Other C. chinenses:
Brown Egg(3)
CGN 21500(24)
Charapita
Datil(28)
Fatalii Black(13)
Fatalii Cream(15)
Fatalii White(8,13)
Fatalii Yellow(21)
Flaming Icicle(15)
Georgia Black(3)
Grenada Seasoning Yellow(15)
Mako Akokasrade
Malaysian Goronong(15)
Murupi Amarela(9)
Pimenta de Neyde(1,11)
Santa Rosa Biance(15)
Star of Turkey(11)
Tobago Treasure Red(1,3)
Tobago Treasure Yellow(11)
Tobago Treasure White(9)
Trinidad Cherry(3)
Trinidad Seasoning
White Devil's Tongue (1,3)

Jalapeños:
Ciclón, Colima, Tajin (mixed, 1)
Cracked(11)
Early(1,11,15)
Farmer's(11, 24)
Jaloro(15)
M(15)
NuMex Jalamundo(24)
NuMex Vaquero(24)
Orange(15)
Pinata(1,10)
Purple(15)
TAM(15)
Tormenta(9)

New Mexico:
64L(15)
(x)Chimayo
Joe E. Parker(15)
Fresno(24)
Heritage Big Jim(25)
Heritage 6-4(25)
Negro de Valle(15)
Sandia(15)
Santa Fe Grande(15)

 

Sweet annuums:
Bell of Göllü(24)
Bull's Heart(11)
Chocolate Beauty(15)
Corno di Toro(15)
Corno di Toro, Orange(15)
Corno di Toro, Yellow(15)
Garden Sunshine(15)
Jimmy Nardello(15)
Keystone Giant(15)
Kurtovska Kapija(20)
Marconi Golden(6)
Marconi Red(6)
Paprika, Feher Ozon(15)
Paradicsom Alaku Sarga Szentes(6)
Sheepnose(15)
Sulu Adana(11)
Syrian Three Sided(6)
Sweet Pickles(11)
Tekne Dolmasi(11)
Yellow Monster(15)

Other C. annuums:
Albanian Red Hot
Alma Paprika
(x)Amarillo Chiltepin
Black Hungarian(6)
Caloro(15)
Cayenne, Long Slim(24)
Cayenne, Mix (15)
Costeno Rojo(15)
Çumra Cherry(11, 24)
Devil Serrano(9)
Ethiopian Brown Berbere(24)
Fish(15)
Goat's Weed(11)
Harbiye(24)
Hungarian Hot Cherry(3)
Large Red Hot Cherry(1,11)
Long Red Slim(16)
Mulato Isleno(15)
Padron(15, 19)
Paprika(15)
Pasilla Bajio(6)
Pimiento de Padron(6)
Poblano(25)
Puya(15)
Shattah(24)
Takanotsume/Hawk Claw(16,17)
Tepin
Urfa Biber(20)

 

Ornamentals:
Aurora(15)
Bellingrath Gardens(15)
Black Pearl(15)
Chinese Five-Color(15)
Explosive Ember(15)
Filius Blue(15)
Golden Nugget(15)
Marbles(15)
NuMex Twilight(19)
Prairie Fire(15)
Purple Flash(15)
Shu(15)
Tricolor Variegata(15)

 

C. baccatums:
Ají Amarillo(15, 24)
Aji Cereza(24)
Ají Citó(24)
Ají Habanero(24)
Aji Lemon Drop(15)
Ají Mango(11)
Ají Melocotón(24)
Ají Panca(24)
Ají White Fantasy(24)
Birgit's Locoto(15)
Bishop's Crown (3)
(x)Blonde(3)
Brazilian Starfish(11)
El Oro de Ecuador(24)
Orchid(11)
Red Pumpkin(11)
Sugar Rush Cream(28)

C. chacoense:
Most Prolific(24)

C. pubescens:
Manzano Amarillo(27)
(x)Orange Manzano (2 types)
(x)Orange Locoto
(x)Red Manzano
Yellow Manzano(15)
Giant Mexican Rocoto(11)

 

Special Projects:
MFPJ3
MFPJ15
MFPJ28
MFPJ30
MFPJ28 F2 #2
MFPJ3 F2
MFPJ29 F2
MFPJ18 F2
MFPJ32 F3 #1
MFPJ32 F2 #3
MFPJ30 F2

 

Sources:
(1) - Self-saved
(2) - PaulG
(3) - GA. Growhead
(4) - capsidadburn
(5) - PepperLover
(6) - Baker Creek
(7) - Devv
(8) - gnslngr
(9) - meatfreak
(10) - CPI
(11) - PL
(12) - MGOLD86
(13) - jcw10tc
(14) - RFC
(15) - TWF
(16) - Pepper Joe
(17) - DesertChris
(18) - Steve954
(19) - JSS
(20) - stickman
(21) - mpicante
(22) - FL Born
(23) - Pulpiteer
(24) - Plantguy76
(25) - Sandia Seeds
(26) - HillBilly Jeff

(27) - CheriL
(28) - Joe Fish
(29) - Windcicken
(30) - Solem22

 

The first ones I start will probably be Datil, Giant Mexican Rocoto, and whatever other seeds I have of suspect viability.

(*I've decided to switch camps from the 7 Pot crowd to the 7 Pod crowd.  If CARDI calls them "Seven Pod", who am I to say differently.  Here's a link to a pdf of their 2008 variety catalog.  I really like the 7 Pot origin story, i.e., hot enough for 7 pots of stew, but whatever.  As for "pod" vs. "berry", likewise, whatever.  A tomato is a botanical berry but also a culinary vegetable.  I would like to know the origin story of "seven pod", though.  Maybe it's due to seven peppers per node or something.  I think I've seen as many as eleven per node on my 7P Peach.) 

 

Anyone wishing to see my past glogs can find them here:

 

2013 Glog:  http://thehotpepper....estfirst-sauce/
2014 Glog:  http://thehotpepper....-14-seed-offer/
2015 Glog:  http://thehotpepper....rost-1122-pics/

 

If anyone sees any varieties they'd like to try, send me a PM.  I'm open to trade, SASBE, or paypal contribution to cover postage.  Not everything is available, but ask and I'll check my stock.

 

1/17/16 edit:  Added Schneider Farms SB from Pulpiteer, updated source citations.

1/24/16 edit:  Updated list to reflect seeds received from mpicante.

2/13/16 edit:  Updated list to reflect new seeds acquired from various sources, THPers and commercial vendors alike.


Recent Topics

10 November 2015 - 05:44 PM

Is there a better way to view more than the 5 most recent topics that are listed in the top right of the main page?  Sometimes I don't get by THP often enough to keep up (I know, shame on me) and it would be great to be able to see what new topics I've missed.  I know I can view new content, but that includes posts to existing topics and it's somewhat tedious to scroll through all those looking for just the topics started in the last day or two.  If there is, or could be, a filter for just the most recently-started topics, that would be great.

 

Thanks.


Sawyer '15 - Killing frost 11/22 + pics

28 January 2015 - 01:42 PM

Edit 03/09/15 - This OP was such a mess with multiple lists, Old Seed, New Seed, Saved Seed, Gifted Seed, etc., I'm redoing almost the whole post.  All of the lists have been merged into a single mega-list.  I am actually trying to grow at least two or three plants of almost everything on this list.  For those marked with a leading (x), I am currently out of stock of seed (though may have OW plants).  Those marked with a leading "*" are not currently planned to be grown in 2015.  Trailing numbers refer to the seed source, keyed at the bottom of the list.  The sourcing information is currently incomplete.  Many varieties I had linked to descriptions, but the formatting didn't survive the copy/paste.  I'll try to fix that at some point.  I also tried to arrange this list into 3 columns, but couldn't figure out how to do it here.
 
7 Pots:
*(x)Barrackpore
Barrackpore Chocolate(3)
Brain Strain Yellow(1,11)
(x)Brain Strain Red
*Brown Standard(1,11)
Brown Standard G3
*Brown Long
Brown Long G3
Burgundy
Caramel F2
Congo SR Gigantic
Douglah(1,11)
Jonah G2
Large Red
Mustard F2
*"not Red" (a serrano-/Inca Red Drop-shaped "not")
Original Red(11)
Peach F2
Primo(1,11)
Primo Yellow(13)
Red(1,12)
Red Long(9)
Yellow(12)
*(x)Yellow Large
Yellow Long(9)
White(1,3,11)

Trinidad Scorpions:
Butch T
CARDI(11)
Chocolate(6)
Moruga Brown(1,11)
Moruga Caramel(11)
Moruga Chocolate(15)
Moruga Red
Moruga Yellow(1,5,11)
*Moruga/Moruga Blend Yellow(12)
Red(12)
Sweet(3)
*Yellow(1(iso),11)
Yellow Original G2

Jolokias/Nagas:
Assam(12)
Banana Bhut F2
*BJ Brown G2
BJ Brown G3
BJ Giant(8)
BJ Orange
BJ Peach(11)
*(x)BJ Purple
BJ Red(1,11)
BJ White(11)
*BJ Yellow(11,12)
BJ Yellow G3
Black Naga(1,8)
BOC(3)
*(x)Naga King
Naga King Orange(15)
Naga Morich(12)
"not white" Yellow Bhut

Crosses/Mutations:
Arkansas Peach F2
Arkansas Reaper F3
Brown Bhutlah(15)
Bubblegum(3)
Carolina Reaper(1,6,7,14,16)
*(x)D'Bhut (7P Douglah x BJ)
Devils Brain(11)
Elysium Oxide Bonnet(1,4)
Jay's Peach Ghost Scorpion(1,3)
Jay's Red Ghost Scorpion
FG Jigsaw
Funky Reaper(7)
*Goat's Weed x Romy Mystery(?)
Madballz(1,3)
Nagabrain Chocolate F3 (9)
Peach Pheno(3)
Pimenta Lisa F3(9)
Red Bhutlah(15)
*(x)Sepia Serpent
*Long Smooth Red (spicy banana)

Bonnets/Habaneros:
Bahamian Goat(1,3)
Bonda Ma Jacques(1,3)
Brown SB
Brown Congo
Giant White Hab(11)
JA Hot Choc Hab
Large Yellow-orange Hab (not GWH)
Lemon Habanero
Long Brown
MoA SB G2 (1,18)
*(x)Orange Hab
Paper Lantern Hab(15)
Red Hab(11,15)
*(x)Snow White
Trinidad Congo Red(11)
*(x)Yellow Hab
*(x)White Bullet Hab

C. baccatums:
Aji Amarillo(14)
Aji Mango(11)
Birgit's Locoto(15)
Bishop's Crown (3)
(x)Blonde(3)
Brazilian Starfish(11)
Orchid(11)
Red Pumpkin(11)

C. pubescens:
*(x)Manzano Amarillo
*(x)Orange Manzano (2 types)
*(x)Orange Locoto
(x)Red Manzano
(x)Yellow Manzano
*Giant Mexican Rocoto(11)

Other C. chinenses:
Brown Egg(3)
Charapita
Datil
Fatalii Black(13)
Fatalii Cream(15)
Fatalii White(8,13)
*(x)Fatalii Yellow
Flaming Icicle(15)
Georgia Black(3)
Grenada Seasoning Yellow(15)
Mako Akokasrade
Malaysian Goronong(15)
Murupi Amarela(9)
Pimenta de Neyde(1,11)
Star of Turkey(11)
Tobago Treasure Red(1,3)
Tobago Treasure Yellow(11)
Tobago Treasure White(9)
Trinidad Cherry(3)
Trinidad Seasoning
White Devil's Tongue (1,3)

Jalapeños:
Ciclón, Colima, Tajin (mixed F2 seed)
Cracked(11)
Early(1,11,15)
Farmer's(11)
Jaloro(15)
M(15)
Orange(15)
Pinata(1,10)
Purple(15)
TAM(15)
Tormenta(9)

New Mexico:
64L(15)
*(x)Chimayo
Joe E. Parker(15)
Heritage Big Jim G2
Heritage 6-4(1,10)
Sandia(15)
Santa Fe Grande(15)

Sweet annuums:
Bull's Heart(11)
Chocolate Beauty(15)
Corno di Toro(15)
Corno di Toro, Orange(15)
Corno di Toro, Yellow(15)
Jimmy Nardello(15)
Kurtovska Kapija(20)
Marconi Golden(6)
Marconi Red(6)
Paradicsom Alaku Sarga Szentes(6)
Sulu Adana(11)
Syrian Three Sided(6)
Sweet Pickles(11)
Tekne Dolmasi(11)
Yellow Monster(6)

Ornamentals:
Aurora(15)
Black Pearl(15)
Chinese Five-Color(15)
Explosive Ember(15)
Golden Nugget(15)
Marbles(15)
NuMex Twilight(19)
Prairie Fire(15)
Purple Flash(15)

Other C. annuums:
Albanian Red Hot
Alma Paprika
*(x)Amarillo Chiltepin
Black Hungarian(6)
Caloro(15)
Çumra Cherry(11)
Devil Serrano(9)
*(x)Fish
Goat's Weed(11)
Hungarian Hot Cherry(3)
Large Red Hot Cherry(1,11)
Long Red Slim(16)
Mulato Isleno(15)
Padron(19)
Paprika(15)
Pasilla Bajio(6)
Pimiento de Padron(6)
Puya(15)
Takanotsume/Hawk Claw(16,17)
Tepin
Urfa Biber(20)

Special Projects:
MFPJ3(9)
MFPJ15(9)
MFPJ28(9)
MFPJ30(9)

Sources:
(1) - Self-saved (as are all otherwise unmarked entries)
(2) - PaulG
(3) - GA. Growhead
(4) - capsidadburn
(5) - PepperLover
(6) - Baker Creek
(7) - Devv
(8) - gnslngr
(9) - meatfreak
(10) - CPI
(11) - PL
(12) - MGOLD86
(13) - jcw10tc
(14) - RFC
(15) - TWF
(16) - Pepper Joe
(17) - DesertChris
(18) - Steve954
(19) - JSS
(20) - stickman
 
Though I only planted out fewer than a third of the seedlings I started last year, I did manage to keep almost all of the remaining 600+ unplanted ones alive all year, in the original germination flats, root-bound, stunted, unhappy, often standing in water for days at a time, but alive nonetheless.  My plan was to bring them in and overwinter them this winter in the south room intermediate (between germination and plant-out) plant stand.  This would significantly reduce my seed-starting requirements for this season.  Alas, within two or three days of bringing them in, some critter (I assume a rat, it's almost always a rat) found it's way into the room and mowed them all down.  I'd also brought in a white cherry tomato and 5 or 6 Manzanos in 3-gal pots.  It got them, too, including all the pods on one of the Manzanos I was hoping would ripen inside.  The tomato subsequently died, as did 2 or 3 of the Manzanos.  Two or three of them are hanging on.  It also killed one of my most prized house plants.  After tripping a trap twice without getting caught, and then becoming wary, I finally put out poison.  I hated doing it, one, because it seems cruel, but also because I have foxes, owls and hawks around here and I'd hate to secondarily poison one of them.  (I'm hoping it died under the house and will desiccate before things warm up in the spring.)   In any case, the problem seems resolved for now.
 
After that happened, I was so down about it all, I didn't keep up with the watering and while many of the seedlings tried to sprout out and recover, I let them dry out and that is what finally killed them.  Still, I have managed to keep a few alive, so if I can continue to keep them alive, I have these to start with this year, in no particular order (number of plants in parentheses):
OWs:
Primo (2)
7 Pot Peach (3)
7 Pot Brown Naga-type (3)
BJ Orange (2)
Brainstrain Red (7)
TS Yellow (5)
7 Pot Brown Best (5)
Large Yellow-orange Hab/Not GWH (4)
SB Brown (3)
7 Pot Brown Long Congo-type (5)
7 Pot Red (1)
Chocolate Barrackpore (6)
Peach Cross (3)
TS Sweet (2)
Tobago Treasure (5)
Funky Reaper (1)
Hungarian Hot (1)
Blonde (4)
BOC (1)
Bahamian Goat (3)
Goat's Weed (1)
 
For those interested, my 2013 Glog can be found here, and the 2014 Glog can be found here
 
You can see a picture of my germination setup in this post, and a closer shot of it plus a shot of the secondary growth station in this post.  The most recent germination numbers for this year can be found in this post.
 
My technique is crude and targeted for medium-large quantities of seeds and plants.  I don't soak seeds; they get planted directly into a moist soilless mix in 72-cell inserts in standard 1020 nursery flats.  Sometimes I use Fafard 3B germination mix, but this year I am using recycled Sunshine #1 mixed 3.8 cu.ft. to 3.0 cu.ft. pine bark mulch.  I keep everything watered with a dilute mix of Peter's 10-20-30 water soluble fertilizer.  Germinating flats are kept on heater pads and I try to keep the temperature at 82ºF.  In fact, it winds up fluctuating from day to night (lights on and off) and as the temperature fluctuates outside.  I actually have begun to believe a fluctuating temperature is better than a fixed temperature. 
 
The light in the germination stand is provided by three 2-bulb T12 shop lights on each level.  The bulbs are a mixture of color temperatures.  The fixtures and bulbs are getting old and the lumen output has dropped below what I consider acceptable.  I'll likely replace them soon (next year for sure, maybe sooner) with an equal number of T8s.  In the longer run, I'm designing LED lighting for the space.  Right now, the secondary growth stand doesn't have any supplemental lighting except for a couple of CFLs in reflector clamp lamps.  Most of the light comes from the south-facing picture window.  That's not really sufficient, but it does work.  It all works well enough for me for now (knock on wood).


Winter cover crops

03 September 2014 - 12:23 PM

There's been quite a bit of discussion in some of the grow logs about the benefits of winter cover crops for outdoor gardens.  It's pretty well established that such crops are beneficial in protecting exposed soil from erosion and nutrient leaching, and adding valuable nutrients to the soil when tilled in in the spring two or three weeks before planting.  Two of the problems I've run into are local availability of seed and the high online prices for small quantities for pepper patch-sized plots.  I'm starting this thread to gauge whether people's interest in winter cover-cropping is sufficient for me to justify buying seed in bulk and breaking it down into smaller packages for distribution at prices significantly better than what you can find at some of the more well-established online seed stores.

 

Right now I'm considering rye, oats, barley, wheat, hairy vetch, winter pea, long-rooted radish, and buckwheat.  (If you have a particular hankering for something else, let me know.)  A common winter cover crop mix is hairy vetch or winter pea combined with one or more of the winter grains.  Planted anytime now through November or later (depending on where you live), this combination will become established before the hard freeze of winter and remain more or less dormant until an early spring growth spurt.  Radish can be included to penetrate the subsoil to loosen the soil and bring up nutrients, but a hard freeze will usually kill them.  The crop can be mowed and tilled a couple of weeks before planting.  A good stand of hairy vetch can almost eliminate the need to add extra nitrogen the following season (heavy feeders like corn and onions excepted).  Buckwheat is not at all winter hardy, but it is very fast growing.  Planted now, it can be tilled in for added organic matter before planting the main winter cover crop.

 

I'm putting together a chart breaking down sowing rates from the standard pounds per acre to a more relevant pounds (or ounces) per square foot, along with pricing.  I'll post this later in a forum ad in the appropriate section, but for now, please indicate your interest by replying to this thread.  If you can estimate the square foot area you would be planting, that will help.  Please don't PM me; my inbox is about 95% full as it is.