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    Summer U-Pick Garden

    The 2017 U-Pick Summer Garden will start in mid-June…exact date to be determined by Mother Nature.  We’ve had a huge amount of rain this Spring along with a roller coaster ride of temperature variation which has affected the growth of the veggies and berries.  We will announce the opening date as we approach mid-June.  Here are the Vegetables and Berries we will have available (at different times) throughout the season of mid-June to August:

    Tomatoes (slicer, Roma, grape)
    Yellow Squash
    Zucchini
    Green Beans
    Purple Hull Peas
    Cabbage
    Broccoli
    Kale
    Lettuce (limited)
    Radishes (limited)
    Onions
    Sweet Corn
    Blueberries
    Blackberries

    Plums
    Herbs (dill, basil, lemon basil, thyme, rosemary, cilantro, oregano, sage, feverfew, comfrey, garlic, lemon balm, mint, chocolate mint)
    Sunflowers, Cosmos, Zinnias for bouquets

    Other items we sell at the farm:
    Honey (100% local, raw, 1 lb jars)
    Muscadine Grape Jelly
    Sourdough Bread
    Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
    Zucchini Bread
    Dirt Rich” our book about sustainable living
    “Dirt Rich Kids”  coloring book with sustainable topics
    Paintings from Local Artists and Garden Art

    Also check out our Sustainable Topic Classes under the “Events” tab on this website.  Canning, Beekeeping, Grow Your Own Medicine Chest, Plant Based Food Cooking Classes are only a few of the fascinating subjects covered.
     

     

    Planting Tomatoes

    We are SO READY for HOME GROWN TOMATOES!  It’s been a long winter and cardboard tasting tomatoes are now the bane of our existence…  We’re ready for some delicious, juicy, lip smacking, HOME GROWN TOMATOES that we can slice thick and eat on a BLT or a good ole mater sandwich with mayo…nothing better!  And don’t forget those outrageously good fried green tomatoes because you just can’t wait on the ripe ones.  But first we’ve got to get those plants in the ground, so we can enjoy the fruit of our labor…pun intended.

    Heirloom variety tomatoes – best flavor

    There are several ways to plant tomatoes and all of them place most of the plant under the soil.  The deeper you plant  the stem, the more roots will be formed and the stronger the plant will be.  Here are the two ways we plant our tomato plants:

    1.  Dig as deep a hole as possible so that all of the root and most of the stem are underground.

    2.  Dig a trench (like water for a small water pipe) horizontally in the ground and then bury the root and most of the stem in the ditch, leaving only the top of the plant showing above the soil.  The plant will straighten up with the sun and all of the stem will grow additional roots to make it stronger. These two methods will ensure a stronger plant because the root system will be more developed and stronger

    Here is a video by MHP Gardener who gives some tips on trenching tomato plants:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDA4FuOosXw

    Tomato Terminology….
    Do you know what the term “determinate” tomato plant means?  Determinate tomatoes grow to a specific height and are usually developed from a hybrid seed.

    Determinate Tomatoes

    An “indeterminate” tomato plant will grow and grow and grow to an undetermined height and is often of the heirloom variety.

    Indeterminate Tomatoes

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