In order to prepare the sowing, in the field/garden or in the pot: Create a label for each seed bag (each seed bag contains seeds of an individual variety, data should be taken separately for each variety), using the INCREASE code or the coloured letter on the top left corner of the bag, e.g. A for the control variety Meccearly (send to every citizen), B for INCBN_000XYZ, etc. (please see video tutorial below). When preparing the label, please consider that weather events, like sun, rain, etc., can damage the label during the plant cycle, so please use a resistant material and marker.
In the designs above you have only one spot for each of the six varieties and you can grow 1 (e.g. in a pot), 3 or 6 plants of the same variety in a row. The order of varieties is your own choice which you will indicate in the App as part of setting up the sowing plan in the section ‘Plant sowing’.
We will ask for phenotypic observations for each variety and not individually for each plant within a variety (in case you grow more than one plant per variety).
- Replicated - Blocks
In this design you have two spots for each of the six varieties and for each variety a number of three plants is grown in each spot. This means that you have two locations in your field/garden where the six varieties are grown. Each location with all six varieties is called a block. Each block should have the same dimension and distances between plants/varieties, but the order of the six varieties within blocks will differ.
Depending on your available space, you have two options of how the varieties within each block can be arranged.
We will ask for phenotypic observations within the blocks for each variety and not individually for each plant. Meaning, you will have two phenotypic observations per variety (one in the first block, another in block two).Label your varieties according to the block number: A1 to F1 for block 1 and A2 to F2 in block 2.
- Freely replicated (2 replicates)
Freely replicated: Here, a 4X3 arrangement is shown but as in solution 2 it can also be 2X6.
In this design you have two spots for each of the six varieties and each spot is consisting only of one plant. Depending on your available space, you can grow the varieties and the replicates in three rows with four plants each (within one row, each plant is of a different variety) or in two rows with six plants each (= 6 different varieties).