Supporting Urban Gardening
One Organic Seed at a Time
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
TDN Newsletter: 5-3-13
The boys "photobombed" me on a recent morning as I was coming in with my breakfast harvest!!
Dear Gardening Friends,
how can it possibly be May already?! The days are flying by but are so
very full we barely see them go. Spring, thus far, has been a
record-breaker, and we are infinitely grateful for all your support!
Beauty & The Blooms
Wednesday & Friday Appointment Days have been completely
booked, and along the way we've taken some lovely photos of happy
gardening folks enjoying the Nursery! Here's a photo of the Mother of
one of our La Canada customers...her sari matched exactly the Sweet
Peas blooming just behind her. Pratia (our customer) tells us that her
mother always wears a sari, even to operate the riding lawn mower! We
love this image!
Don't forget to wear your best gardening dress...
This little Gardener
"planted" two full pack of seeds (radishes & tomatoes) right next to
our shelter post before anyone noticed! She came with her Mom and was
decked out with her own little Gardening Purse, complete with tiny tools
and various packs of seeds. So cute!!!
...wonder if anything will grow there?
A Free "Two Dog" with Every Purchase...
new customer came with her little "surfer dude" sons, and they and Lalo
really hit it off! In fact, Lalo tried to go home with them!! Funny and
true: Lalo always manages to get into whatever car or van we've just
loaded. I think he wants to go along to supervise the planting!!!
"Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul."
Ready to Grow!
Another new customer, Michelle, came out from our Westlake Village
Market thinking she would purchase 8 EarthBoxes for the many seedlings
she'd purchased the Sunday before...but she got so inspired she drove home with 16 of them!! She wasted no time at all in getting them planting ...here's a photo of her new "container farm" - ready to grow!!
long-time La Canada customers, Kristin & Dawn, recently
participated in a Home & Garden Tour in their Glendale neighborhood.
set up a "gardening how-to" table with EarthBoxes, Smart Pots, Soil,
etc. which we loaned them, and they handed out our business cards and
showed how easily these containers fit into a very full garden that
incorporates great looking raised beds, a mounted strawberry "wall" and
fruit trees potted in wine barrels.
Thanks you two for your continued support,
and congratulations on a beautiful, efficient garden!!
David King, Founding Chair of SLOLA on the Hand Pollination of Corn at
Two Dog Nursery
David has a special student who will be interning at The Learning Garden
over the summer, and he'll work with him on this project. We've just
planted our two EarthBoxes with the Glass Gem, too, so David and I will
compare notes and photos, and we'll be sure to post them all in a future
Two Dog Newsletter. The non-profit from whom we got the seeds, Native
Seed SEARCH, also sent us this information about hand-pollinating corn.
we have a very successful harvest, we promise to save at least half of
the seeds so we'll be able to grow and sell Glass Gem seedlings next
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Our excellent local newspaper, the Larchmont Chronicle,
included a special section called "Design for Living" in their March
issue, and our dear friend and customer, Laura Eversz, who wrote the
piece, featured Two Dog Nursery! Yay! Laura was the very first to write
about us four years ago, and has herself become an "EarthBox Addict"
with 8 of them going year-round. We sincerely thank her and the
Chronicle for being so good to us (again)!!
we slowly turn our garden over to Spring planting, we've been
harvesting the remaining root crops: Beets, Leeks, Parsnips and Carrots.
There's something magical about the Roots...it's like with
Potatoes...you just don't know until you pull them up!
finally had time to plant the Roof Top Trial Garden tomatoes this past
week. The warm weather will make them grow so fast! Every year we grow
out each one of our "New" varieties....Can't wait to enjoy his
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~Fruit & Nut Trees~
It seems that folks first create the Garden, then the backyard Orchard, then they get chickens, then bees... then take the canning classes, learn to make cheese, etc!
We've been selling Fruit Trees like mad! People are buying them in multiples most of the time, which is really very exciting.
Our newest entry is the Garden Prince Almond, which is a semi-dwarf variety, making it perfect for backyard growing! Its beautiful pale pink blossoms are a bonus, too!
Alex made another Blueberry
run this week, and he came back with some of the most gorgeous ever!
Big, bushy and FULL of fruit! Don't miss out!! ...and remember, you need to have at least 2 bushes, and they prefer being planting in a large container. Please check out our Helpful Guide on Planting Blueberries! We sell everything you need except the pots.
Corn will debut at the Markets this weekend!! We have both Silver Queen (all white) and Bon Jour (bi-colored)
again this year. As long as you grow enough of it, in a block formation
(not a row), with good soil and lots of sunshine, you will have a great
We hope to have our Bradshaw Sweet Potato seedlings ready to go in early June! I can't wait to try them again in our new 30-gallon Smart Pots (link).
We recently spoke with one of our Westlake Market customers who said
she actually had great success with her sweet potatoes - said she "was
just like a little kid when she dug them up!!" I know the feeling, even
though our first attempt was sort of a bust. I'm going to refer to our
own "Helpful Guide" on Growing Sweet Potatoes and try again this season!
Well, that's it for now, friends. We hope to see you at the Markets or the Nursery soon, and as always, many thanks!!
Jo Anne, Alex, Jake & Lalo
Mother's Day is right around the corner! Don't forget that EarthBoxes,
Fruit Trees and Blueberry Bushes make fantastic gifts which will be
loved and appreciated for year to come!! Please let us know if you'd
like to place an order. Many thanks!