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Mashua: How to hand pollinate

In the northern hemisphere, outside of the tropics, where day length exceeds about 13 hours, we’re just entering the part of the year when mashua (Tropaeolum tuberosum) flowers.  Some varieties are starting now, while others won’t begin until after the autumn equinox (September 23).  Most commonly, mashua self pollinates, because it begins to shed viable […]

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Summer heat and Andean crops

This was a pretty normal year on the coast of Washington.  We had a cool winter, a cool spring, a cool summer, and so far, we’re having a cool fall.  We’re close enough to the ocean that the temperature of the Pacific just off shore is a much better predictor of our temperatures than anything […]

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Miscellaneous garden update

With daytime temperatures now hitting the 60s reliably, we are starting to see a lot more growth.  Here are updates on a few of the more unusual vegetables that we are growing this year. Achocha plant in mid-June The achocha is finally starting to grow.  It really wants temperatures in the mid-60s to do much […]

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