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randy sineI am a hobby potato breeder in coastal Rhode Island, working with a highly diverse mix of potatoes from breeding programs throughout the world, breeding for sustainability and organic growing conditions, high nutritional content, good taste, and high disease resistance.My pepper varieties were created with the goal of filling this void.
  
In particular, late blight resistance is a chief end goal of my breeding efforts, with active selection toward high yields and tuber size. Potato tubers from my breeding efforts are being grown and evaluated for suitability in a variety of locales and climates in the continental US. In 2016, grow-outs of these experimental potatoes took place at ten locations in nine US states; Arizona, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington. Feedback from these efforts assists in evaluating the genetics of each broad potato line, and steers my efforts towards varieties or groups of genetic material (TPS, clones, specific crosses of clones) that have proven themselves.
 

 

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dean slaterHello I am Dean Slater. I have been raising tomatoes since I was very young, but only got into heirlooms in the past 20 years. I learned how to do crosses from some of the best breeders in America. I also have genetics schooling but until the last few years only applied that knowledge to fish (Bettas). By crossing different varieties of heirloom tomatoes it is my goal to achieve flavor, looks and production.
 
Like many of our breeders here at mariseeds I concentrate on small plants with larger fruits.  I also have some very nice indeterminate lines and cherries I hope you will enjoy for the different colors and flavors they bring into the fold.
 
Thank you for your patronage!!
 
 
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randy sineI'm Randy Sine.  I have over 25 years of gardening experience and over 10 years of breeding experience.  Joining Mariseeds has rekindled my interest in tomato breeding.  Until then most of my recent breeding efforts had been focused on peppers.  I think there is a void in the development of sweet, mild, medium and hot peppers with great flavor due to most breeding efforts being devoted to create the next hottest pepper.  My pepper varieties were created with the goal of filling this void.
 
 
My first true love is tomatoes and breeding tomatoes.  My breeding efforts are focused on breeding tomatoes with a specific goals in mind, but as always with me the deciding factor is flavor.  The goals can be anything from earliness in dwarves, various colors and stripes to interesting genetic combinations.   
 
With the exception of Orange Crush, which is nearing stability, my tomato and pepper varieties are unstable hybrids so your results may vary, but you might find something you really like even if it isn't exactly true to the description.  My varieties have the (Filial) generation identified so you'll know the approximate level of stability.
 
Good luck and happy gardening.
 
 
 

 

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How to grow potatoes from true seed.

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Starting potato seeds is remarkably like growing tomatoes.

 

There are as many methods as there are people, so choose the way that works best for you. With that said, what does differ is that potato seedlings must be transplanted just after the development of the first true leaf. If they are left in their original growing medium they will find the edges of that medium and determine its time to set tubers far too early and your yield will be severely reduced.

 

You may transplant into larger pots before putting out into the field or place seedlings directly into  the field. Potato seedlings are surprisingly much hardier than tomato seedlings as long as they receive the kind of care and attention a tomato growers would give their new seedlings. Just watch for pests early on like flea beetles or slugs. I set them out about the time the danger of nighttime frosts has passed. Once established, seedlings only need periodic watering just like normal potatoes.


I usually plant my seedlings in about a 1ft trench and about 1 – 1.5 ft apart. I fill up half the trench when they have reached the height of the trench and completely fill in the trench when they have reached 1 ft tall above the trench. One last hilling is needed when they begin to stolonize and set tubers. They generally set tubers the first year just after regularly planted potatoes.

 

From transplant date, potatoes generally need a minimum of 3 months in ground to produce tubers but it is better to give them at least 4 months or more. Just like regular potatoes, I harvest when the vines are showing signs of dying down which with vary from seedling to seedling.

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bill jeffers packageBill Jeffers, who lives in Evansville, Indiana, has a passion for tomatoes and has bred them for many years. Not satisfied with those boring red, round, tasteless grocery store varieties, Bill set out to develop real gems.

 

Bill employed his talents as an artist and his keen eye for natural beauty to create extraordinarily beautiful creations that combine top quality, heat tolerance, and high flavor in his unique tomato crosses.

 

 

 

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blane horton packageHere are the lines I am offering for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Certain variety names were used for friends and also selected by friends of the tomato community across the country. Some of the selections were also grown in various parts of the U.S. and Europe.
 
Generations are marked on packets and descriptions. Some might not be completely stable yet, but a few of them are. It is a great experience to save and select your own favorites.
 

 

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randy sineI'm Randy Sine. I live in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. I have over 25 years of gardening experience and over 10 years of breeding experience. Joining Mariseeds has rekindled my interest in tomato breeding. Until then most of my recent breeding efforts had been focused on peppers. I enjoy creating colorful and flavorful tomatoes and peppers.

 
 
 


 
 
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These are my offerings for 2016. A mixture of some amazing kales, squash, and true potato seed (TPS). Most of these seeds you can get nowhere else and I am offering them for the first time to you. I have always been an organic gardener and farmer which is why I select from those plants that show resilience in the face of less-than-ideal growing conditions... poor soil, drought, or high disease pressures. Being passionate about cooking and good food, these are also some of vegetables I love to cook with in the kitchen. Having the most vital freshest fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs in the kitchen was why I began gardening in the first place! It is my hope that you enjoy these vegetables as much as I do.

A little more about my work. It has been a lifelong passion to collect, grow, propagate, select, and distribute seeds and plants from around the temperate world. I have been doing this seriously since 2007. I am currently practicing diversified farming in Coburg, OR where I work with all sorts of vegetable seed, grow vegetables and fruits for market, raising a variety of animals, bamboo, and more. One of my life goals is to help promote a more diverse and resilient food system by sourcing plant genetics from around the world that stand up to the rigors of organic gardening/farming and to hone with breeding techniques that material to suitable market characteristics.

I'd like to say I've learned a great deal from many different people. I have to pay homage to some plant breeders and philosopher-types that have had a profound impact on my life and understanding of plant genetics. In no particular order, Dr Alan Kapuler, Tim Peters, and Tom Wagner. Also acknowledging that all progress made towards new vegetable excellence is work that stands on the shoulders of countless human generations throughout the world.

Stay tuned for the next year as I am doing seed increases and selections on many interesting things including many TPS lines of unique and colorful potatoes, many interesting tomatoes including long-storing types, perennial frost hardy ground cherries, several interesting peppers including one with frost tolerance, several rare and exceptionally long-storing onions, rare beans, and more rare kales.

 

 

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dean slaterHello I am Dean Slater. I have been raising tomatoes since I was very young, but only got into heirlooms in the past 20 years. I learned how to do crosses from some of the best breeders in America. I also have genetics schooling but until the last few years only applied that knowledge to fish (Bettas). By crossing different varieties of heirloom tomatoes it is my goal to achieve flavor, looks and production.
 
 
 
 
 

 

doug strongWindmill Hill Farm is a small family owned business located in the hills below Mount Rainier.  We breed and grow a selection of regionally adapted garden seed as well as Andean root crops. My Main focus is on potatoes, legumes, corn, and melons.
 
Hope you enjoy our offerings!

 
 


 

nathan pierceI am a hobby potato breeder in coastal Rhode Island, working with a highly diverse mix of potatoes from breeding programs throughout the world, breeding for sustainability and organic growing conditions, high nutritional content, good taste, and high disease resistance.
 

 



 
 
 
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