Friday, July 4, 2014

TDN Newsletter: July 4th, 2014

4th of July Sale Announcement!! 
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Dear Gardening Friends,

Suddenly, a SALE!!

Since Argentina is playing in the World Cup quarter-finals this Saturday, you know we’re not going to be at the La Canada Farmers Market!!  Sooo, it seemed like a good idea to have a 
4th of July Sale
this Friday…4 hours on the 4th!!!  

We often get calls on the legal holidays from folks asking ifwe’regoing to be open…makes sense… So before you fire upthe grill or head out to someone else’s BBQ, why not come by the Nursery and get 10% off everything you’ll need to make this a Happy Holiday/Gardening Weekend!!

We’ll be open from 10am until 2pm… Everything will be 10% off, including Certified Organic Plants, Soils, EarthBoxes and Smart Pots, and all Fruit Trees and Blueberry Bushes (YES, they're back!!)  The Two Dog Organic Nursery is located at our home:

914 S. Cloverdale Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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It really is time to get your Pumpkins in for Halloween, and those Heirloom Tomatoes which will carry you through the Fall and beyond….  We’ve been planting lots of “second rounds” here in our own Garden: Corn, Beans, Lettuce, Cucumbers and Tomatoes…it’s a very long season!!  We hope you plan to join us, and bring a friend!

Speaking of our Garden…

Because we could not have our usual Roof Top Tomato Trial Garden this year, we ended up growing 15 of the “New” Tomato varieties in our own personal garden. It’s turning out to be the Summer of the HUGE Tomatoes!!  German Johnsons are weighing in at over a pound, and Brandywine Sudduth, Gold Medal, Beefsteak Heirloom and Spear’s Tennessee Green are not far behind! Our kitchen counter is covered with these ginormous wonders! Here’s a photo of just one morning’s harvest this week… 

They’re not only big, they’re delicious!!  Another “New” standout is Zebra Rita (the “slightly larger, slightly sweeter” big sister of Green Zebra); WOW, this is one fabulous tomato…flavor, size, emerald color, yield…love it!!  Here’s Alex making the his world-famous Caprese for the whole crew last week.

We’re ready to plant our 3rd round of Corn this week, too. The Sugar Pearl White Corn is nearly all harvested, and I must say, everyone who ate it SWOONED
EarthBox Three Sisters…

Our Glass Gem Popcorn is going to produce tassels any day now. We decided to experiment with a Three Sisters in the EarthBox this season. We planted 6 Corn seedlings in each of 3 EarthBoxes, spaced in a “block”; then we planted one Pole Bean seedling next to each Corn, and one Butternut Squash in each EarthBox. So far, so good!!! The corn is tall, the beans are climbing, and the squash is beginning to vine out. Can’t wait to see how it all comes out!  If you’re doing a Three Sisters, we’d love to see your photos!!
Customer’s Photos…


“New Gardeners, Kelsey and Greg, are thrilled with their EarthBox tomato success!!”

“Long-time La Canada Market customer, Red Baron, devised a great way to “hang” his Organic Tristan Strawberries!”

“First-time Gardeners, Jeanie and Benny, who found us online, filled their gorgeous new raised beds with our Black Gold Potting Soil, Compost, Worm Castings and Organic Seedlings! Great job, guys!!
To Everything there is a Season…

At the end of May, we bid a Nursery farewell to our friend/fan/employee, Nitzia (on the right), who, way back in the early days, took not one, but two, of my EarthBox Classes, then never missed a Sale, and then one day offered her volunteer services (at the beginning of Spring, last year, when yours truly was about to tear out all her hair)…I’m not a big fan of free labor, so we hired her instead. Supremely organized, Nitzia helped me so much this Spring keeping production on track for Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplants (the Big Three, which take so much more work than any of the other veggies!) She also completely re-worked our many, many Seed Boxes and the ever-expanding Sign Library. We miss you already, Nitzia!! (and I’m secretly working on a way to have you back next Spring!!!)
Wedding Bells for our Syd!!

Sydney Latimer, aka Mrs. Dalton, has been my beloved Assistant for more than 4 years. She’s a superb Seed Sower, my right hand at all things Administrative, a true believer in the Two Dog Mission, AND the very talented artisan who constructs our monthly Newsletter (I just write ‘em, she makes ‘em a work of art)!!.  On June 21st she married her sweetheart of 3 years, Anthony, in a beautiful, intimate ceremony which we were so happy to be part of. 

Many of you have met Syd here at the Nursery, and we’re sure you join with us in wishing her and her new hubby much happiness and love as they begin their new life together.  Isn’t she beautiful?
Well, on that happy note, I’ll close by wishing you all a very Happy 4th of July!! Please come on by the Sale if you can…we hope to see you soon.

As always, Happy Harvests, and many thanks!

Jo Anne, Alejandro, Jake & Lalo


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