Alfred Reed Bishop and Doris William Butler

The picture above is the very tap root of Bishop's Homegrown/Face Of The Earth Seed. My grandparents shortly after moving to Pekin Indiana from Greensburg KY in 1947 where they purchased the farm that is now Bishop's Homegrown. This picture was taken in Pekin in front of the old co-op next to the old railroad depot, neither of which exist today.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

New Vernacular regarding plant breeding.

I struggle a lot with words like "segregation" and "De-Hybridization" when speaking about the art of creating an F1 hybrid and then growing out the save seeds through the various filial generations, mostly because the words sound negative and kind of, well...eugenicist. It bothers me. Little things often do. They are called "ticks" and I have plenty of them.

So, from now on I will refer to the F1 generations as "mothers", the F2-F4 generation as De-Evolution and anything past this point as "REvolution". Yeah, I made up another word or phrase, that's another tick.


Ottawa Gardener said...

Okay. I'm going to try to remember this. Mothers lead to DE-evolution which leads to REvolution. Did I get it? How about when you let the Wild Oats(or other plants) sow themselves and just ruthless thin to what you prefer? Wild Selection? I'm sure you can think of something better.

Bishops Homegrown said...

Hmmm, sounds good to me, I'll have to work on that Wild Selection thing, I'm sure it will come to me at about 3:00 A.M. tomorrow morning. Frank Morton from Wild Garden seeds does a lot of this as well.