Tomatoes. In the Ground.

A couple of weeks ago, I made a trip to the Temescal Farmers Market and went to visit the Tomato Ladies. They do the best veggie starts around: a zero attrition  rate – their plants are healthy and proud. I got two San Marzanos, two Brandywines and golden something or other and I stuck them in the ground seriously amended with Bumper Crop, which is really great stuff. It smells like farm poop, so you know it’s good.

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If you are wondering what the one gallon pots in the ground are for, that would be deep watering. The Tomato Ladies recommend this method, and you can’t go against the Tomato Ladies.

I also grabbed a couple of rainbow chards, a six pack of lacinato kale, a six pack of hericot vert and one cilantro (which is kind of silly, since cilantro is so easy to grow from seed, but there you go).

I also transplanted a bunch of beets. I planted a bunch of seeds in the late fall and they sprouted late and never matured and I needed the space for the squashes I want to plant when the seedlings from the Tomato Ladies are ready. I transplanted about 15 little beet plants and they are all really happy. Those are really hearty plants, those beets.

I am not sure what to do with the peppers left over from last year, though. They lived through the winter and are starting to sprout leaves and I am not sure they will bear fruit or not.  I bet the Tomato Ladies will know.

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3 Responses to Tomatoes. In the Ground.

  1. Helen + Peggy says:

    Hey Dave! So nice to see a corner of your eden. We’ve been hearing about it for years. And thanks for your kind words . . .

    We’d say leave the peppers in the ground and see what they produce. We’ve had (and and heard of) peppers overwintering and producing great fruits the following year(s). In their homeland, peppers are perennials so it’s just our weather that does them in. With the amount of frost we got this winter we’re amazed they held on. Such determination deserves a chance . . .

    See you at the market (Temescal this Sunday—Grand Lake next weekend)

  2. Helen Krayenhoff says:

    Hey Dave

    Edible East Bay magazine found your blog post and want to quote from it for the next issue. They are doing a short piece on us at the Train Station. The editor asked me to find out your last name. Do you feel comfortable providing it?

    Hope all is growing well in your garden. We spent the first day back in production since the middle of June today: Starting seeds, cuttings and potting up for for the fall season.

    All the best,

    Helen
    Kassenhoff Growers

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