Friday, April 29, 2011

TDN Newsletter: April 29th, 2011

Two Dog Organic NurseryJake_N_Lalo
April 29th, 2011

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Dear Gardening Friends,

I see that it has been 3 months since I wrote a Newsletter that wasn't specifically about an upcoming fund-raising time to re-cap the results! With deep gratitude to our amazing customers who attended our Nursery Sales, we're happy to announce the final tallies:

The two Sales/Food Drives combined yielded $700 in monetary donations and more than 600 lbs. of food donations for the L.A. Regional Food Bank! They sent very nice "Thank You" letters after each event. We plan to continue with 2 of these efforts each year, and I'm certain we'll only increase our collections!

The Sale/Fund Raiser to assist the Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts in Japan collected a total of $1,025 in monetary donations! We're proud of the results, and the format seems to work: we offer nursery-wide discounts to get folks here, customers make a donation to participate, and then we donate a percentage of the total day's sales. Everyone seemed to have a great time, and we'll definitely do it again!

The Annual Windsor Square-Hancock Park

Garden Tour 2011

The Getty House

We were also happy to participate in the Annual Windsor Square-Hancock Park Garden Tour, this year benefiting the "greening" of John Burroughs Middle School. We had a whole Market-like set up and sales were amazing! The Getty House (official residence of Mayor Villaraigosa) was the start- and end-stop of the Tour, and late in the afternoon I gave a talk on Organic Container Gardening. It was a great day and we donated 10% of our total Sales to the great work of the Windsor Square Hancock Park Historical Society.

Click here to see the Garden Tour pictures!


Black Krim Tomatoes

Tomatoes still rule the Farmers Market sales, and we're sowing new rounds regularly. Our Heirloom Season Kick-Off Sale (also a Food Drive) was mobbed the entire day with happy gardeners anxious to get their tomatoes going.

You can see all the varieties here

Rooftop Tomato Garden Updates:

The Cover Crop Experiment we planted last Fall was a fantastic experience! We harvested it, chopped the most tender parts and turned them under...

Cover Crop Experiment Harvest

To See the Cover Crop Experiment Harvest
Click Here!

We waited 3 weeks, and planted the 2011 Tomato Trial varieties (all the 17 new ones and 3 old faves).

2011 Roof Top Tomato Garden

To See Rooftop Tomato Pictures Click Here!

The soil looked beautiful, and everything was totally broken down. We added worm castings and a little more compost to make up for the settling, and they're on their way! Looking forward to lots of Alex's amazing Caprese!

Alex's World-Famous Caprese Salad

Alex's World Famous Caprese Salad

Corn, Melons, Spaghetti Squash & Scarlet Runners!

Newest varieties coming to the markets are 2 types of sweet Corn, 5 varieties of Melon including the highly regarded Charantais, 3 more varieties of Green Beans including the amazing Scarlet Runners, and Spaghetti Squash (for a total of 5 varieties of Winter Squash.) We still have Organic Seed Potatoes and Leek Seedlings, too!

Late Spring Lettuces!

This year we're growing Lettuces a little longer than usual; we're growing Summer Bibb, Jericho Romaine and other varieties that are reputed to resist bolting and hold longer in the warmer months.


Planting Classes:

EarthBox Planting Classes are in full swing! Join us Monday, May 2nd or May 16th at noon to get your container garden going!

See the whole Class Schedule here


That's it for now. We'll see you at the Markets and thanks, as always!!

Jo Anne, Alex, Jake & Lalo

Friday, April 1, 2011

TDN Newsletter: Fundraiser Announcement

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Help us raise desperately need funds for Japan!

Spring Nursery Sale

benefiting The Red Cross

Sunday, April 10th from 10:00am ~ 3:00pm

At the Two Dog Home Nursery:

914 S. Cloverdale Avenue ~ Los Angeles 90036

10% Off All Certified Organic Nursery Plants, Blueberries, Fruit Trees and Gardening Products!

is a mandatory monetary donation payable to The Red Cross.
Please dig deep and give generously!

5% of all sales will be donated by Two Dog to

The Red Cross

Your gift to the American Red Cross will support our disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit

See Tomato Varieties at

Street Parking Available. Questions?

Call Jo Anne 323-422-3835

Please Note: Discounts given only this day, this location!