our good friends at Great Big Plants have once again supplied us with
Trial Size bottles of their wonderful Liquid Compost Concentrate, so the
first 24 customers will receive one free as a Gift with Purchase!Thanks Great Big Plants!!
And at very long last, we'd like to share the video of our Glass Gem Corn Adventure!!This was the most incredible learning experience of our whole gardening history!We so hope you enjoy this video and plan to make a space for the Glass Gem in your Spring 2014 garden!!You will love it!!
finally, we want to share some lovely words and photos from our friend,
Brad Pregerson (also a cousin of our ace Nursery Assistant, Elliot),
who does incredible work at the Bell Homeless Shelter:
Dear Jo Anne and Alejandro,
Attached are some pictures from our latest crop from the Bell Homeless Shelter
garden. All the veggies came from plants purchased from Two Dog. The
tomato plants, as you can see from the pictures, have been prolific. My
team and I have delivered pounds of tomatoes and cucumbers to the
Shelter's kitchen each week.
As I have mentioned to you before, the Bell Shelter is the largest
homeless shelter west of the Mississippi serving veterans and homeless
men and women. The Shelter's kitchen serves approximately 6,000 meals
per week. Their budget for fresh produce is a mere $300 per week, so the kitchen staff is forced to purchase the lowest grade fruits and vegetables. Thus, the food served at the Shelter is marginal. My non-profit, GrowGood,
seeks to transform the one-acre vacant lot across from the Shelter into
a garden that can provide fruits and veggies to the Shelter's kitchen
as well as therapeutic and job training opportunities for the Shelter's more than 350 residents.
We are grateful for all your support and for supplying us with healthy wonderful plants, so we can continue our mission to serve the residents and staff of Bell Shelter.
You're welcome, Brad!! "Good on ya" for the work you do, and we look forward to helping you with continued bountiful harvests!
And if any of our Two Dog friends are inspired to help out, please contact Brad through his non-profit, Grow-Good.org.
That's it for now! We hope to see you this coming Sunday!
So here we are in the Dog Days of Summer...Our
garden is slowing down and looking fairly ratty, and we've begun the
seasonal transformation... We've had a very abundant season, though, and
we hope you have, too! From the many wonderful comments and photos
you've sent, we surmise that you did.
Here are some photos of our Summer Harvests!
2013 Winter Tomatoes are a hit!!
Our "Winter Tomato"
line has been received with great enthusiasm, and we plan to have them
available until the end of October. We're growing all 5 "new" varieties,
and 3 old faves, in our own Fall Garden, each in their own EarthBox. We
had great success this year growing them one to an EarthBox; we'll
always grow them this way now, with the exception of Cherry Tomatoes,
which we'll still double up...
The "Winter Tomato Open House" we held last month to kick-off this new venture was surprisingly well attended (especially for a 90 degree Wednesday)!!
We're grateful to all of you who came out, and especially those who
traveled the distance from our Farmers Markets locations, and even from
Seal Beach! Thank you, thank you! Your support means everything.
Alex & I are proud to announce that the "Grow Native Nursery",
located on the campus of the V.A. in Westwood, has come to us to
provide their first-ever edible seedlings! In case you are not familiar
with Grow Native, they are the "offspring" of the venerable Rancho Santa
Ana Botanic Garden. They employ Veterans in their on-site vegetable
gardens, thus prompting their customers to ask, "Where are your edible
Until now, like their parent organization, they have only sold Native plants, but beginning with their Fall Event on October 5th, they will be carrying our own Two Dog Certified Organic babies!
In their own words,
"Grow Native Nursery works with the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare
System to maximize veteran's opportunities in the sustainable
horticulture industry. We are a not-for-profit nursery helping to
support the conservation work of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden."
Our Certified Organic Fall Potatoes have just arrived, and we'll have them at the Markets this weekend!! New for us this year is the gorgeous "Purple Majesty" Loaded with anti-oxidant Anthocyanins, these are deep purple through and through!
And, we just received our Certified Organic Garlic & French Red Shallots! And great news: "Music"
Garlic is back!! This extremely popular variety was unavailable last
year due to an industry-wide crop failure...so happy to see it return!
Also, we were finally able to get "Spanish Roja",
a very gourmet variety, after a 2 year wait!
They are so easy to grow in Smart Pots, and you can get all the details here:
We've just begun bringing the early Brassicas to the Markets, and with each
weekend, more will come. Popular Demand has never been greater, and we're so happy to see everyone gardening year-round!
A new variety we just discovered, which is sure to be a hit, is called "Rainbow Lacinato"...it's
a cross between the much-loved Lacinato and Redbor Kales. We just
received the Certified Organic seeds, and are sowing a ton of it! Stay
We love getting your photos and hearing about your garden adventures!!
Our customer, Susan from Westlake, wrote us recently:
wanted to say I was so impressed with the corn we planted...I loved
seeing the cycle and how much water it takes to grow corn or everything
else for that matter. Gives me a new appreciation for those farmers out
there. Corn was so sweet...I loved it. Time for a new project!"
(This was Susan's first year growing in the EarthBox; she grew Tomatoes & Corn!)
(Above) Our Client Lydia's Harvest
from a large project in Malibu
(Above) Customer Jaimelynn's beautiful daughter harvesting Sun Gold tomatoes
(Above) Our Customer Beth has two strong helpers who are very proud of their new blueberry bushes!