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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Nov 6, 2015 5:04 PM CST
If you own parrots, rabbits, or rodents you have access to many (almost free) garden stock.

For example, I purchased large parrot mix. Inside I got walnuts,pumpkin, pine tree, corn, peanut, peas, hot pepper, sunflower, amaranth, safflower, and wheat seed.

All of these can be planted in your garden next year at a cheap price! Something to consider if your on a budget or just want to grow something for fun.
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Nov 8, 2015 7:27 AM CST
Good one! Most of those should sprout, except the pieces of walnut.

If you like to grow beans, you can get seeds for about 13 diff kinds in a bag of "15 bean soup." Sold with the dry beans. The lentils & peas are split, so I don't know if they can sprout (so that's why I said "about 13 kinds"...)

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Nov 8, 2015 10:47 AM CST
purpleinopp said:Good one! Most of those should sprout, except the pieces of walnut.

If you like to grow beans, you can get seeds for about 13 diff kinds in a bag of "15 bean soup." Sold with the dry beans. The lentils & peas are split, so I don't know if they can sprout (so that's why I said "about 13 kinds"...)



So long as they aren't baked they could possibly sprout, I haven't tried that yet. Human and animal food is treated differently that's why usually animal foods like seed are raw and not tampered with.
Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Nov 8, 2015 9:49 PM CST
Good suggestions!!

I didn't realize amaranth was in those seed mixes...

I'm becoming something of a cultivar snob, myself. Not that I only accept certain cultivars so much as I just like knowing what cultivar something is. Rolling my eyes. I'm becoming more particular about it over the last several months, especially...maybe it's because I started hybridizing this year and knowing cultivars is important to the basic genetics aspect of hybridizing. Whatever it is, I would probably grow the amaranth and then bring it right here to ATP to have someone try to identify it for me. Big Grin

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Cinta
Nov 9, 2015 12:03 AM CST
I have a cockatoo and I put the poop paper from his cage in my compost and always getting sprouts of something
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Nov 9, 2015 5:14 PM CST
The beans I mentioned are raw (unless/until cooked after purchse.)
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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Nov 9, 2015 10:26 PM CST
purpleinopp said:The beans I mentioned are raw (unless/until cooked after purchse.)


So they should grow if planted. When growing season comes plant them in soil, until then store in the fridge.
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Weedwhacker
Nov 10, 2015 7:08 PM CST
Keith, they're just dry beans -- the same as you get if you buy beans for planting; probably no guarantee about how old they are, but they "should" be fresh enough for planting. I'd just wait until you're close to planting time and then buy them... but keep in mind that those are going to be bean varieties that are normally used for "dry beans," not for "snap beans."
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Nov 12, 2015 8:45 AM CST
http://www.hurstbeans.com/recipes/288/15-Bean-Soup-Crock-Pot...
(I don't use the seasoning packet.)

Ingredients:
15 of these varieties: Northern, Pinto, Large Lima, Blackeye, Garbanzo, Baby Lima, Green Split, Kidney, Cranberry, Small White, Pink, Small Red, Yellow Split, Lentil, Navy, White Kidney, Black Bean.

I know they sprout because I tossed about half of a bag in the compost a few yrs ago, late summer, because I thought they had been in the cabinet too long. IDK if they would have still been yummy, or which ones sprouted, but there were various looking leaves, and the spouts did add some decent material to the compost after frost took them out.


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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Nov 12, 2015 6:43 PM CST
DogsNDaylilies said:... I just like knowing what cultivar something is.


I agree totally.

Buy something, grow it, select the best, let it go to seed, wait wait wait, collect, dry dry dry, split, label.

Then try to trade "some kinda Brassica, probably". Embrassing.

But you can always grow out multiple NO-ID varieties and let them cross. Select them for a few years, select hard. Then call them "DogsNDaylilies Michigan Landrace".



Name: Dnd
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DogsNDaylilies
Nov 25, 2015 9:46 AM CST
RickCorey said:

I agree totally.

Buy something, grow it, select the best, let it go to seed, wait wait wait, collect, dry dry dry, split, label.

Then try to trade "some kinda Brassica, probably". Embrassing.

But you can always grow out multiple NO-ID varieties and let them cross. Select them for a few years, select hard. Then call them "DogsNDaylilies Michigan Landrace".





Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! I agree
(I just saw this.)
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Nov 25, 2015 11:43 AM CST
Glad you enjoyed it! But I realized that a hybridizer don't need no stinkin' DnDML landrace to create his/her own varieties!

>> I started hybridizing this year and knowing cultivars is important to the basic genetics aspect of hybridizing.

Totally! A sine qua non. (*)



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