Supporting Urban Gardening
One Organic Seed at a Time
Friday, March 29, 2013
TDN Newsletter: 3-29-13
Dear Gardening Friends,
Spring is finally here, and we're busier than ever before with a season
opening that took us by storm (and by surprise!) Our idea of offering
"Pre-Orders" before the Spring Kick-Off Sale & Food Drive proved to be a good one...some 50 pre-orders came in steadily once we announced the line-up of this year's Heirloom Tomato varieties; our patio was filled to capacity!
many people picked up before the Sale weekend, our driveway was not the
usual mob scene it has been in past years. (We were happy as we were
running on very little sleep all that week.) We actually had time to
talk with folks and not be in a frenzy! We'll definitely do it this way
again next year.
~ The Food Drive Results ~
...were great! We collected 385 pounds of food donations, and a cash collection total of $750!
It was a fun weekend, and this is my favorite photo from the event, taken early Saturday morning...
working day and night to restore our inventory levels on everything
after the Sale. Last weekend, being the first time we brought Tomatoes
to the Markets, was also a wipe-out - we had 27 tomatoes left on the
La Canada Saturday after the dust settled!!
This weekend we promise to have:
We'll also have (in limited supply) these great herbs this weekend:
And next up will be Corn, Melons, Winter Squash & Okra!
TWO Ways to get
1.) Cherry Tomato Challenge!
SunSugar Sun Gold
my Tomato research, I came across a variety called "SunSugar". It was
the top pick by Sunset Magazine, edging out the beloved "Sun Gold"!!
According to our seed source, SunSugar really took off after that
article, so I bought one pack of seeds.
We've grown 6 seedlings of SunSugar which will be ready to plant out in about 2 weeks; we'll plant one out with a Sun Gold in the same EarthBox. I'll plant the same for my Mom, and we've found 2 other customers who will do the same trial.
So we need 2 more volunteers to grow both and
REPORT their findings.
We want to know:
which was your favorite of the two and WHY: Flavor? Production? Plant
Size? Disease Resistance? They don't have to be grown in an EarthBox...just
be sure you can grow both of them in the same environment and location
(a large-enough raised bed for example, or identical containers, placed
side by side) and be sure to take notes and photos!
The SunSugar will be free to whoever wants to join in!
Just give us a call: 323-422-3835.
We'll post the results & photos in a Fall Newsletter!
2.) AT LAST, GLASS GEM CORN!
...and a CONTEST!
Many of you probably saw the photos of this incredibly rare and beautiful variety of popcorn called "Glass Gem"
going around on Facebook last year. I did, and after some research, I
put us on the waiting list (along with about 7,000 others) with the
Native Seeds/SEARCH group, and 3 weeks ago we got an email saying we
could finally purchase it!
am so excited to grow this special corn (and again I wonder at what my
corn-farming grandparents would think : "Multi-colored, translucent
popcorn grown in EarthBoxes, out in the front yard! What's she doing
person on the Waiting List was allowed to only purchase ONE packet with
approximately 50 seeds. We plan to fill two EarthBoxes with it, which
means we have enough for ONE other customer to do the same. But we
wondered, WHO SHOULD IT BE??
we decided to hold a contest...If you are interested in receiving four
FREE 6-packs of Glass Gem Corn Seedlings, please email us your 30-second
video stating why YOU should win them. You'll grow the corn out, practicing the method of Hand-Pollination to ensure variety purity (linked instructions here),
and take lots of photographs along the way! Once harvested, we
encourage you to save some seeds for yourself and to share with someone
think this whole experience would be most appreciated in a School (or
large Community) Garden where a number of children can experience this
amazing expression of Mother Nature's infinite imagination! The Days to
Harvest is roughly 110, so remember, we're looking at sometime in
mid-July for the harvest...so please don't enter if you plan to be on
vacation at that time.
seeds were sown today and will be ready to plant out in 3-4 weeks.
We'll announce the Winner in our next Newsletter (and include the
winning video entry.) Later in the Summer we'll post photos of your
process & harvest and of our own, too! Good luck!!!
All Glass Gem Corn photos shown here are copyrighted by Greg Schoen and used with his gracious permission.
tragedy strikes and a tomato plant gets broken off right at the soil
line. Don't panic! When this happens to us, we simply put the upper part
into a water bottle filled with a solution of Great Big Tomatoes and
voila...new roots!! We love this product and use it to water-in every
seed we sow. It's excellent as a soil drench, a foliar spray, and handy
to just pour a half-cup right into an EarthBox watering tube!
Often the remaining stub of a plant will re-grow itself, too!
How determined Nature is!!
The Garden Party!
the 3rd year in a row, Two Dog Nursery has been invited to participate
in the wonderful Los Angeles Garden Party & Tour given by the
Windsor Square-Hancock Park Historical Society. We'll be selling our
Organic Seedlings, Blueberries, Fruit Trees and lots of Products once
again at the lovely Getty House (official residence of the Mayor of Los
will tour 6 Private Residential Gardens in the Windsor Square-Hancock
Park neighborhoods and enjoy a light lunch in the Getty House garden.
There will be a lecture on Urban Farming and a demo on Wall Gardens.
There will also be a Boutique for purchasing special items, and the
event will honor Councilman Tom Labonge!
event always raises an impressive amount of money, and this year,
proceeds will be used for "greening" L.A. High School at Olympic &
Rimpau Blvds and Third Street Elementary School at 3rd & June
We hope you can join us on
EARTH DAY, April 21st for this fun event!
For more info and to purchase tickets online, go to:
Roof Top Cover Crop is all flowered-out and ready to chop down. We'll
turn under as much of the beautiful "green manure" as will fit in each
container, and the rest will come home to our compost bin. In about 2
weeks it will have broken down, and the soil will be ready for us to
plant ALL the New Varieties!
since the big NRDC 40th Anniversary shindig is NEXT Thursday in San
Francisco, I guess it's safe to assume Two Dog did not win this year.
I'd been holding out hope, but oh well, we'll try again next year. We
want very much to go solar and to install a water filtration system at
the Nursery, so we'll have to figure out another way. Meanwhile, to
those folks who sent such nice Letters of Recommendation on our behalf, our heartfelt thanks!
did make me feel better to go out to the "Front Yard Container Farm"
and harvest this gorgeous Mammoth Red Rocks Cabbage!
A friend of ours makes the most delicious slaw with just these 3 ingredients:
It's so light and fresh with juice from our
35 year-old Meyer Lemon tree!
Well friends, that's it for now. We'll see you this weekend at the Markets!
forget to let us know if you want to help us "Trial" the SunSugar vs.
Sun Gold, and do send in your video entries for the Glass Gem Corn
Thanks as always, and Happy Harvests,
Jo Anne, Alex, Jake & Lalo
P.S. Fruit Trees (link to tree page) are selling like mad! Some fun varieties coming with us this weekend: