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I am interested in landrace gardening, growing root crops, native plants, spring ephemerals, medicinal herbs, and tree crops.
My projects include planting of tree crops: walnuts, butternuts, chestnuts, chinquapins, hickories, especially hybrid hickories (hicans), several wild plum species, hazelnuts, persimmons, serviceberries, honey locust, and oaks. I have begun playing with potatoes from true seed, and am about to enter into the second year of breeding a multi-colored landrace sweet corn. I am fascinated with all things Ipomoea, growing out from seed tuberous species like Ipomoea pandurata, Ipomoea macrorhiza, and even the common Ipomoea batatas. Other root crops I focus on include Apios, both americana and priceana. Also camas (Camassia scilloides + quamash, leichtlinii, angusta), yampah (Perideridia americana, P. gairdneri, P. oregana, P. bolanderi), and sunroots (Helianthus tuberosus, strumosus, schweinitzii).
For spring ephemerals and native edibles/medicinals, I grow: bluebells (Mertensia), ramps and wild onions (Allium tricoccum, stellatum, cernuum), Solomon's Seals (Polygonatum), ginsengs (dwarf and American), harbinger-of-spring (Erigenia bulbosa), spring beauty (Claytonia), eastern thimbleberry (Rubus odoratus), potato dandelion (Krigia dandelion), cucumber root (Medeola), mayapple (Podophyllum), and sweetroot (Osmorhiza).
Horticulturist, botanist, beginning plant breeder, and naturalist.
Favorite Crops & Least Favorite Crops
- Sweet Potato
- Ramps (Allium tricoccum)
Small field (10,001 sq. ft. - 1 acre)
Soil in various places ranging from alkaline clay, to fertile circum-neutral soils, to slightly sour, and acidic.
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