Friday, January 28, 2011

TDN Newsletter: January 28th, 2011

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January 28th, 2011

Dear Gardening Friends,

We hope this Newsletter finds you well and happy and eating bountifully from your garden! We've recently planted our 2nd rounds of Kales and Broccoli, and our 5th EarthBox of Lettuces. We're also on our 3rd Smart Pot of Potatoes, and I've lost track of which number Carrots/Beets/Radish Smart Pot were on. One of the greatest things about growing your own, is that there's no need to harvest everything at once...even with the root crops...things "keep on the vine" and therefore, we can just harvest what we're about to it eat, at it's very freshest, most nutritious moment! There's still time for cool-season crops, no matter what the weather is telling us! You know there'll be that cold don't miss out on Spinach or Snow Peas or Chard.

Over the Holidays we replaced the 60' fence on our Home Nursery driveway, making much-needed room for Tomatoes, and we watched in awe as our Cover Crop Experiment took off...we've been posting photos on facebook. Have a look. It's a fabulous way to rebuild your soil!! Oh-so-beautiful to look at too! Next Fall we'll sell Cover Crop Seed by the pound.

Tomato Update

We'll debut this year's Tomato line-up on

Saturday, March 12th at the La Canada Market!

January has been an incredibly busy month, and the slow build to the Spring Tidal Wave has already begun! Hard to believe, but this Sunday after the Market, we will begin sowing Heirloom Tomato seeds! This year, Two Dog will offer 54 Certified Organic varieties...17 of them new for 2011. As of last night, the Big Tomato Page on our website is completely up to date. Please have a look and start dreamin':

Save the Date: Spring Sale & Food Drive!

On Sunday, March 13th, we will kick off the season here
at the Home Nursery with a Spring Sale & Food Drive, again benefiting the extraordinary work of the L.A. Regional Food Bank. Everything, including tomatoes and products, will be on sale from 10:am until 3:pm.

Two Dog will again give an additional 5% of the day's sales total to the Food Bank. We're going to get a lot of promotional assistance for this Sale, so please plan to come early! The Larchmont Chronicle just interviewed us for their March issue...just in time to promote the event. "Admission" to the Sale is a mandatory donation of canned or packaged food items, or a monetary donation. The Food Bank needs help now more than ever as 1 in 6 fellow Angelenos struggle with food security issues. Let's make it a great success! More details to follow.

New Classes Added:

On March 21st and 28th we'll be holding EarthBox Planting Classes dedicated to the "Planting and Caring for your Heirloom Tomatoes". Class price includes your choice of 2 organic Tomatoes. Class size is limited to 8 people, so reserve your spot early...these could fill up fast. Check out the whole Schedule here:

We're also contemplating holding a Workshop on Vermicomposting... please let us know if you're interested. One of our vendors is highly knowledgeable in vermicomposting and custom brewing worm teas for optimum plant and soil health. We would also have worm bins and other necessities for sale at the Class. Speak to us at the Markets, call 323-422-3835, or email us at if you would like to participate. Thanks!

Strawberries, Citrus & New Products:

We've had Strawberries for 2 weeks now, and they've been selling fast! At last Monday's Class, half the folks planted them in EarthBoxes, and bought the Iron Stands to put them up on.

We've just placed orders for more of both Strawberries and EarthBox Stands. Here's a photo of how ours look:

Strawberries on a Stand

The Semi-Dwarf Citrus Trees continue to sell very well; we've just added these varieties: Moro Blood Orange and Bearss Lime. If there's a particular variety you want, please just ask.

Bearss Lime
Bearss Lime
Moro Blood Oranges
Moro Blood Oranges
Meyer Lemon
Meyer Lemon

We finally received our 1.5 cu.ft. bags of Azalea Mix! We now offer all three planting media (the Mix, Coco Peat & Small Bark) needed for deliriously happy Blueberries!

Misty Blueberries

Speaking of Blueberries, we have around 30 plants left; when these are gone, we won't be able to purchase more until May/June, so if you're so inclined, please don't hesitate.


New Veggies in February:

In February we'll be selling certified organic seedlings for Cipollini Onions, Walla Walla Onions and Lancelot Leeks. We will also have another round of certified organic Seed Potatoes: La Ratte & Russian Banana Fingerlings and a beautiful purple outside/white inside variety called Caribe. Can't wait!! Oh my gosh, homegrown potatoes simply melt in the mouth!

Walla Walla Onions La Ratte FingerlingsLancelot Leeks

We've also got Green Globe Artichoke seedlings popping up, as well at Utah Tall Celery (homegrown celery is a revelation!), and the Mexican herb, Epazote.


That's it for the moment...more next month on some really fun upcoming Spring events! Take care and we'll see you soon!

Happy Harvests!

Jo Anne, Alex, Jake & Lalo

1 comment:

  1. Nice information, adding worms to gardens will increase the soil fertility and increases the plant growth rate. I am also searching for best methods like vermicomposting to increase my plants growth.