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HEIRLOOM GARDENING

April 18, 2011
by: jovial_cynic




This is my heirloom crop of wheat that I've grown since 2008.

At that time, I found a few stalks of wheat growing on the side of the road that were ready to harvest, so I plucked the heads and harvested the seeds. By the end of 2009, I had my third generation of seeds, from which the wheat in the photo was grown. (I didn't plant those seeds in 2010, because I didn't have a yard to do any gardening.)

This year, in February, I planted my wheat seeds together and hoped that they survived the year in a plastic baggie, and sure enough, they sprouted. I'm now on my third generation of wheat. And for some reason, that's really interesting to me - this idea of maintaining generations of a single plant. I suppose it's a bit like sourdough friendship bread, or yogurt - from a single batch, it keeps growing and spreading, and you can pass it down from generation to generation.

I don't know if I have an end goal with this wheat. But I do like the idea of preserving it, and maybe passing it down to my children. And wouldn't it be neat if, years down the road, I'm able to gather enough of my wheat seeds to start a wheat farm or something? We'll see.

In the meanwhile, here's a few other things growing in my garden:


Blueberry blossoms


Dwarf Lemon blossoms


Grapes


Strawberries


Artichoke plant (huge)


Artichoke bulbs (there are ELEVEN bulbs on this plant)
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COMMENTS for HEIRLOOM GARDENING


jill said:
nice josh! speaking of friendship bread... I'm in the process of making a batch right now. too bad i can't pass a started to kendra! i love the cute little grapes and red strawberries. my moms are still dormant and dead looking.
April 19, 2011


jovial_cynic said:
Thanks, Jill! Let me know how the friendship bread works out for you. If you keep passing it down, we'll have to pick up a batch the next time we're in Washington. :)
April 19, 2011


jill said:
just made it last night. we had it this morning for breakfast. yum. i just made it the normal way, but there are all kinds of things you can add to it to change it up.
April 22, 2011


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