September 2011

Now Available: New Introductions for 2012
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Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes
"Isis Candy"

Edible Landscape Lettuce
"Stardom Mix"

Hummingbird Salvia
"Coral Nymph"

Baby Napa Cabbage
 "Little Jade"

Butterfly Zinnias

"Italian Heirloom "

Container Zucchini

Mounding Nasturtiums
"Cup of Sun"

Renee's Braising Greens
"Beet and Chard Mix"

Heirloom Portuguese Kale
"Tronchuda Biera"

Shelling Peas

Heirloom California Poppies
"Copper Pot"

Butterhead Lettuce

Heirloom Spearmint

Japanese Slicing Tomato
"Mandarin Cross"

Coming Next Month:

Our SALE on remaining "2011" seeds ends on Sept 30.
To order , go to:
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      "Wasabi" Arugula        "Raspberry Sorbet" Zinnia

Pacific Gold Mustard


September in the Trial Garden
 - by Lindsay Del Carlo, Trial Garden Manager

We have a terrific cherry tomato trial this season and we attribute it to several factors. Our new trellising method (explained in our June newsletter) has proved to be well worth the effort. The tomatoes are planted along a 50 ft row. Then we ran a single row of 6 ft tall wire fencing that rests at the base of the plants, with bamboo fixed to the fencing every 5 ft., so the fencing lays diagonally and then rests on upright posts. This angled support system allows plants to spread out against the fencing as they grow and makes picking ripe fruit a breeze, especially for cherry tomatoes, which can be very labor intensive to harvest otherwise Since the plants are can sprawl and spread along the fence, they get better air circulation that helps prevent bacterial diseases.

We also used a quick cover crop, Pacific Gold mustard, which we planted in the fall. Mustard has high levels of glucosinolates which have a fumigating effect in the soil and help fend off soil dwelling pathogens that affect tomatoes. Pacific Gold Mustard also takes up large amounts of nutrients that would otherwise be leached out of the soil from the winter weather. When the mustard is incorporated back into the soil and breaks down, the nutrients are released and become available for the plants to use.

This spring, at planting time, we mixed in granular, slow-release organic fertilizer called Sustane along with earth worm casting s which add essential nutrients to the soil. We also add Humic Acid which is not a fertilizer, but rather a complement to fertilizer as it increases fertilizer retention and improves nutrient uptake. We also incorporated the new organic disease control, Actinovate, which contains a high concentration of beneficial microorganisms that grow on the plantís roots and leaves, while at the same time attacking harmful disease- causing pathogens. This natural product suppresses and controls a wide range of foliar and root diseases. It's great to have all these new tools in the organic gardening tool chest nowadays!

Organic Fertilizers/Amendments

Recipe of the Month

Baked Stuffed Fresh Tomatoes

A perfectly delicious way to enjoy your biggest, juiciest, sun-kissed garden beauties as a main course.

On Renee's Blog

Mother Nature wasn't very kind to our NW trial gardener this season, but things are now looking up. Read her report "Summer's End in Seattle"

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Renee Shepherd

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