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Rob | New World Seeds & Tubers

Rob

Actually, we’ve been back for a while, but I didn’t want another false start on my hands.

Our new website is at

http://www.newworldcrops.com/zen

but here’s the deal; if you’ve already been there, you might have trouble seeing our new site. In that case, you can watch this video to find out how to flush your DNS cache. You should be able to find videos showing the equivalent procedure for other operating systems.

How to flush your DNS cache.

If you ever notice your internet getting slow for no obvious reason, sometimes flushing the cache will help.

Thank you for your patience. Have a great growing season and abundant harvests.

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Our apologies if you’ve tried to place an order and ran into our new site being in system maintenance, especially if it happened while you were trying to place an order. We discovered a problem this morning after launch. We realize that it’s getting late for southern growers and we’re working on getting it back as soon as possible. If you successfully placed an order, it’s in process. We expect to be back online in 24-48 hours.

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Sorry. We jumped the gun on the new website. We need about another day of downtime. We’ve got about 25 orders that we will work on in the mean time.

Don’t worry; we have relatively plenty of stock on most items. We’ll be back soon and I’ll send out another notice. Thank you for your patience.

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Sorry it took so long; we know a lot of folks in the sunbelt and overseas need seeds NOW. If you find this post on this site, please be advised that we have moved our sales site to:

www.newworldcrops.com/zen/

Our domain automatically redirects to the new site, but for some reason this old site won’t redirect, so please update your bookmarks.

The software we use to connect to our gateway seems to be working most of the time, but it’s not supported by our merchant gateway provider, which means that if you have any difficulties paying by credit card, let us know, and we apologize in advance for your inconvenience. It looks like we trade one set of problems for another. Hopefully the improved navigation is worth it. Your patience is appreciated while our system matures.

Have a great growing season this year!

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ETA is January 21st. Sorry for the long wait. Also sorry that some orders late in the year got cancelled due to personal circumstances that proved insurmountable. Some of you got free seed as Tom tried to fill orders long after credit card authorizations expired. Hope that makes it up to you!

The good news is that while this site was down, I’ve created a new and improved site that supersedes our old shopping cart. Our old shopping cart had some problems, including a counter-intuitive user interface.

Our old system was an artifact of me having thrown the site together in a few days, reading instructions cook-book fashion, that I bought through a sale on internet sales how-to manuals (not a joke). This new system is, well, the result of the same kind of day-late-and-dollar-short process, but hey, I learn fast if nothing else. And I show up. That’s half the battle.

The new cart is an instance of the popular zen cart. It doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as Word Press, but it’s internet sales software, not blogging software. I think you’ll like the layout and features a lot better. Our website will finally look professional. You’ll be redirected automatically to the new site, and this old one will either be retired or scaled down.

In the mean time, I’m finishing up missing components, replacing other people’s advertisements (that’s the price you pay for free software…and I will keep some links to our sponsors somewhere on the page because that’s fair) and testing, and Tom is furiously packing seed.

MORE seed will show up in a few months, courtesy of one of Tom’s new partners. I haven’t asked permission to name him yet, but you might hear about him soon. Also thanks to our many friends and helpers who have supported, encouraged, and sometimes bailed us out. Love ya!

P.S.: Those Nightshade-looking things in the photo. Those are tomatoes. Verde Claro, to be precise. Believe it or not those are ripe. They ripen totally green, without even so much as an amber blush as most green-when-ripe tomatoes have. They’re firm as is common among Tom’s tomatoes, and one of his sweetest varieties.

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The picture at the left show Taryn Koerker at a public tomato-tasting event she organized, hosted at the local Junction True Value Hardware store. The event featured many of Tom’s tomatoes. The two qualities that seemed to interest tasters the most were color and sweetness.

I’m about to disable the seed shop for the season because the site is desperately in need of maintenance. For one thing, the shopping cart software is barely functional and needs to be replaced. For another, as many of you have noticed, and commented, our seed stocks are very low. Right now I am busy cleaning tomato seeds to restock it with.

Thank you for your patronage. We’ll be back early next year, hopefully no later than January. I’ll send an announcement when we’re back. If you’ve “liked” our page on Facebook, you might get minor announcements from time to time, if the news filters decide to forward them to you. We have no control over that, but I think you might have some control via your own settings. I’ll look into that later and send a Facebook announcement if I figure out what the setting is.

If you have an outstanding order with us, it’s still in the queue to be processed. Thank you for your patience.

If you don’t hear from us before next year, we hope you had a great harvest, and enjoy upcoming holidays with those dear to your hearts. Warm regards from Tom and Rob.

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…unless you edit your subscription to sign up for categories other than “Sales” and “Administrative”. The reason is because a few people have expressed an interest in only getting sales announcements. I guess I had it backwards: I thought I had to provide interesting content and only sometimes hit folks up for sales. But some folks who are collectors just want to be notified of tomato seed availability. So, I have changed the system so that by default, you’ll only be notified of sales announcements unless you change your subscription to sign up for other categories.

I have no way of testing this to see that it works, aside from actually implementing it. There’s no change if you’re subscribed via Facebook or Twitter syndication; in the case of Facebook its own algorithms decide what you’re interested in according to what you click on and “Like”.

Unfortunately most of you are probably having to deal with unfavorable weather. For most of you it’s excessive heat, and for many, drought too. Oddly enough, those of us in maritime climates got the opposite: a cold, wintery, rainy spring and early summer. It was so cold and so wet that planting has been severely impacted. It’s going to be nip and tuck getting crops ripe for harvest. We had to scale back to get anything planted.

Here’s one exception: our crop of Barley is doing great. It’s just starting to turn golden; I expect it will be harvestable by August.

The wheat did not fare as well; it’s not as tolerant of high rainfall and disease. We’ve also lost about 60% of our corn crop.

We’re sold out of many tomato and potato lines. That was expected; at any one time, our inventories are modest. Sorry if you didn’t get everything you wanted. Next year tomatoes might be a little sparce: it was particularly hard for us to grow tomatoes this year due to cold, wet weather. We’ll come up with contingency plans to grow more tomatoes next year using greenhouses and partners in more southerly climates whose irrigation hopefully does not run out.

Sorry our shopping cart is not friendlier about handling sold-out items. I will see about replacing it if I have time and can find something a little friendlier and “smarter”.

Some of you who lost crops to heat and drought might get a second chance: late summer through early winter is another growing season for many cool-growing crops in many parts of the world including here. I’ll be growing out a lot of quick-growing greens for salads, and some root crops for long-term storage. I’ll refresh inventories of what I think might make good late-season crops and post when they’re online.

One way or another I hope you can make the best of this challenging growing season.

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Mashua harvested 11-13-2011

We’ve got a few a few late-breaking items listed including a couple of exotic Andean tubers, 5 new potato listings, and 9 new tomato listings. We realize that it’s late for tomatoes for most of you, but we’re glad to get them listed at all after we almost weren’t able to get anything listed at all this year.

We can ship tubers only to US destinations. Seeds worldwide to most destinations.

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Nur für Kunden in Übersee in Ländern, in denen die Zahlung per Kreditkarte ist nicht möglich:

Sie können von uns, indem Sie bestellen

Payment Method = “Send check”

Dann senden Sie Ihre Zahlung per Paypal an payments@newworldcrops.com

Bitte verwenden Sie diese Methode nur, wenn nötig.


Только для зарубежных заказчиков в странах, где оплата по кредитной карте не представляется возможным:

Вы можете заказать у нас, выбрав

Payment Method = “Send check”

Затем отправить платеж через Paypal на payments@newworldcrops.com

Пожалуйста, используйте этот метод только тогда, когда это необходимо.

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New listings are online. Go to any of our sales pages and follow the link down to the end of the previous listings. 10 new tomato listings, 20 new potato listings, and 14 new other vegetable listings.

I couldn’t resist posting this picture, because it reminds me of two things.

The first is where these wild violets came from: I brought them up from Tim Peters’ dad’s place after he passed away. Too bad I never had the chance to meet him; I think I would have liked him. Tim has told me about what a great dad he had. His property where we did a salvage operation is where I met Tim Peters, and that’s where a lot of Tim’s breeding work was done starting, like Tom’s, when he was just a teenager.

That reminds me: I’ve got to sow more of his perennial Sorghum! And a few other odds and ends.

I originally shot the photo because it reminds me of the name of Tom Kleffman’s NEW BABY DAUGHTER: “Violet”. I’m pleased to report that she’s thriving…just like the wild violets.

The violets are blooming next to the steps going up to my back-yard. I don’t know what species they are, but they seem to be natives, not naturalized, in the mountains of southern Oregon. They look a lot like the sweet violets (V. odorata) of Europe, and bloom the same times of year (autumn and late winter), and I suspect they are even slightly fragrant, though it’s hard for me to tell. We have similar natives here, not as common, and it might be the same species. Our most common one is a creeping evergreen with tiny yellow blossoms, that blooms in February, Viola sempervirens.

I also brought back the beautiful local Iris that grows there.

It won’t be blooming until spring. I have pix but I’ll wait until it’s seasonal. Instead here is an Iris that is seasonal now, I. unguicularis, a native of parts of Greece and parts of the southwestern Mediterranean basin. I think this one is scented and if my memory serves me correctly it smells like ionine–the fragrance of violets. It lives next to the front sidewalk for passers-by to enjoy.

How about a purple vegetable to go with my purple flowers? Here it is: the famous “Tree Collard”. Some people call it “Tree Kale”. It looks sort of intermediate between a Kale and a Collard to me, and they’re different species with different chromosome counts. Whatever it is, it’s semi-sterile, rarely blooming, though they do from time to time and I’ve heard of people getting seedlings from them, but no followup. Are the seedlings perennial? Or is perenniality a side-effect of not regularly blooming and setting seed? Some biennials that are “monocarpic” (die after blooming) will behave as perennials if they don’t set seed.

It is one of the most productive vegetables I’ve ever grown. Unfortunately, being propagated vegetatively over and over and over again, first of all that might be the cause or one of the causes of the semi-sterility issue, and ultimately it will doom the plant to loss of vigor as viruses build up, much as has been happening with the banana for the same reason. Second, I suspect that if it did bloom regularly, it wouldn’t be as productive as it is. It’s the fact that it doesn’t bolt that makes it so incredibly productive. I get about 9 month’s worth of light harvests off it.

They don’t get as big here as they do down in California. Mine peak out around 4 feet tall or so. In California they can look truly tree-like in a few years. They’re not built for snow; the leaves trap snow and the stems are weak. I would guess that Seattle is getting close to the limits of their hardiness.

I think that a cut-and-come-again true perennial vegetable for a non-tropical climate will need to be one with an indeterminate growth habit, whose leaves do not turn bitter when it blooms. A few of us have been talking about it; some of the hardier members of the genus Hibiscus might be a possibility. What do you think?

One perennial vegetable that probably will work out better is Hablitzia. I’ve got pictures of the new shoots, but I’ll save those for another time. Will it finally bloom this year? And set seed that we can then offer to you? Stay tuned.

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