Links for the budding vegetable grower/Seed and Farming resources.

Finding land, working a small plot or anything else countryside related
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Links for the budding vegetable grower/Seed and Farming resources.

Post by Zasso Nouka » Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:42 am

How about a thread containing useful inks for allotment holders, smallholders or anyone interested in growing their own veggies ?

eXtension.org has a host of useful areas including

Forest farming

Goats

Organic agriculture

Small and backyard flocks

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Re: Links for the budding vegetable grower

Post by Zasso Nouka » Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:45 am

This one on feral hogs could be useful for anyone dealing with inoshishi invaders

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Obviously check with you local authority about the rules governing traps

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Re: Links for the budding vegetable grower

Post by Zasso Nouka » Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:52 am

Nihon Nougyou Systems supplies all sorts of useful things for allotment owners and smallholders

Nihon Nougyou Systems

Tamagoya shōten leans more towards the organic side of garden sundries

Tamagoya shōten

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Re: Links for the budding vegetable grower

Post by Zasso Nouka » Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:18 pm

For the lazy vegetable grower fitting a drip irrigation system saves a lot of time and it's fairly easy to change the layout from season to season or year to year. As water isn't splashed onto the leaves you have a reduced chance of fungal infections and also as the water is directed right to the plants the amount of water used is much less than watering with a normal hose pipe or watering can.

Agri Power drip irrigation and other products

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Seed and Farming resources.

Post by gonbechan » Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:31 pm

Please post your favorite places/links to get things.

Some great seed places.
http://www.kobayashi-seed.com/
http://takaginouen.com/
They have their seeds divided up by planting season which is nice.
http://www.nogyoya.com/
They have blackberry and raspberry seeds too.

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Post by Eric in Japan » Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:07 am

I have used Tane no Mori for many years. They seem to have a lot of the same seeds as SeedSavers in the US.
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Post by Zasso Nouka » Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:03 pm

Takii & Sakata have always served us well. Good germination rates and great consistency from year to year, Takii in partcular put a lot of effort into developing good, strong and reliable lines. We've tried other companies sweet peppers but the plants are never as strong and healthy as Takii pepper plants

Takii seed shop

Sakata seeds

The good thing about both of them is their seeds are widely stocked in home centres and taneyasans

Noguchi Seed have some interesting varieties.

Green Field Project specialise in organic seed.

Life With Green are mostly western vegetable seeds

Nakahara Seeds down in Kyushu have some of the best germination rates going and again their varieties are all very healthy and strong. They also have some interesting salad crops and sprouts

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Re: Links for the budding vegetable grower/Seed and Farming resources.

Post by Zasso Nouka » Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:15 pm

A couple of seed companies to avoid due to really poor germination rates

Fujita Seed

And

Tohoku Seed Co Ltd

Multiple packs of different varieties with germination rates around 10% or less

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Re: Links for the budding vegetable grower/Seed and Farming resources.

Post by Zasso Nouka » Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:00 am

Happy solstice everyone, at least the days will be getting longer from now on and with that in mind here are a couple more seed companies that I've found to be quite good.
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Re: Links for the budding vegetable grower/Seed and Farming resources.

Post by farmingnoob » Sat Dec 22, 2018 2:03 pm

Are those sites any good for ordering single packs of seeds?

I've also looked at Sakata's online store which seems to charge around ¥200 per pack for shipping. Might be cheaper in some cases to just buy at the home center.