I purchased the Fall Seed Collection for some container gardening this autumn and have been very pleased with the results. Germination rate was fantastic and I had to do much more thinning than I usually do from store-bought seeds. The little growing guide helped with varieties I haven't grown before (hello, kohlrabi). All of my plants are hardy and healthy and I'm already enjoying the early harvests. Looking forward to maturity on the longer growers. Will be buying the Granny's kitchen garden pack for spring. Thanks so much!
I planted several varieties over the past couple years. These have been the most reliable producers so far. Averaged 10-15 lbs. one larger one about 20. Nothing remotely close to 40 lbs. that’s ok. Huge ones are a pain to break down.
I planted a whole bunch of this to attract bees and butterflies. It grows like crazy. However I protected the seed with hay because my first round died because of the hot Florida sun and lack of rain lately.
We started these indoors in January. We transplanted them twice and finally out to our raised bed (full coastal sun). The plant is massive and the tomatoes are TASTY! The best little tomatoes we have ever had. We will likely plant them in a separate bed next year since they grow to such a large size and can crowd out other plants.
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Organic Texas Winter Barley
Organic Texas Winter Barley
Very Rare. Pkg contains only 25 seeds.
Believed to have been selected by Alexander McGowan Ferguson from Tennesse Winter Barley. Ferguson was born January 7, 1874 in Salado, Bell County, Texas Educated at Texas A&M and Cornell Univ. Manager of Texas Seed Breeding farms, President of Ferguson Seed Farms, special agent to the USDA and botany professor at Univ. of Texas Austin.
Ferguson Seed Farms was located in Sherman, Texas. The company was also known as A.M. Ferguson & Company.
It would seem the company operated 'til sometime in the 1920s (1928 last documented date). What happened to the company and the seed farm is unknown at this time. However, "Texas Winter Barley" was collected later in 1938 outside of Rocksprings, TX by the USDA and preserved.
Locally it was called "Ferguson Texas Winter" or "Ferguson" barley.
Listed for sale in the 1916 copy of Ferguson Seed Farms. "...surest and best yielder...uniform in quality, type and ripening. Yields 20-50 bushels an acre. It winters well and is practically free from smut."
Six-rowed, awned and hulled type barley.
12% protein in good soil.
Early growth, semiprostrate.
Seeds tend to have a post harvest dormancy (Meaning you don't want to replant it right away after harvest. You normally wouldn't anyway.)
Texas Department of Agriculture Bulletin #31, June 1913 says...."Texas Winter Barley, a variety closely related to Tennessee Winter, is the best variety for Texas."
This is your chance to grow a little bit of Texas History!