Aji Lucento pepper

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in From the nursery, Home page | 6 comments

Aji Lucento pepper is a Capsicum pubescens. It has black seeds and soft, fuzzy leaves (pubescens is Latin for hairy) and is only known in cultivation, there are no wild varieties known. It will not cross pollinated with other species of peppers. It is grown primarily in Central and South America in the Andean cloud forests at high elevations. The story of this plant goes back at least 16 years. Our friend Bill was vacationing in Riobamba,...

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And the winners are …

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in From the nursery, Home page | 0 comments

Thanks to all of you who showed up for our 6th Annual Tomato Tasting on Labor Day. What a turnout!! Photo: Peggy holding an armload of Cherokee Greens ~ our favorite tomato this year! And your favorites are: 1. Black Cherry 2. Dr. Carolyn 3. Cherokee Green Enjoy the last harvests and start thinking about your fall/winter gardens. We will see you at the markets . ....

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Mildew musings

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in From the nursery, Home page | 1 comment

It is the first Saturday of the month, and I’m just back from an educational and pleasant trip to the UC Botanical Garden’s Sick Plant Clinic. This has been a wonderful year for powdery mildew on our tomato plants. I went to get the 411 on the nasty visitor. First the good news: Mildew needs living plant tissue to live on so it won’t kill your plant. There are many species of powdery mildew and they attack specific plants—the...

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Tomato Trading Cards ~ Series No. 2

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in From the nursery, Home page | 0 comments

Series 2 is hot off the presses! This set includes: Early season: Siletz Mid season: Harbinger, Marmande & Nepal Late season: Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom, Paul Robeson & Cherokee Green Cherries: Gold Nugget There’s more information under the Tomato Trading Cards tab on the menu above. Check out my Etsy Shop if you’d like to...

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Ground Operations

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in From the nursery, Home page | 0 comments

Peggy and I saw a screening of this inspiring and moving film last week and were able to donate some of our extra tomato plants to a veteran farmer near Sacramento. Check it out if you get a chance!   From their press release: ‘The mission of Ground Operations is to strengthen the growing network of combat veterans transitioning into sustainable farming and ranching, and to build the resources necessary for them to create healthy...

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Tomato Trading Cards ~ Series No. 1

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in From the nursery, Home page | 0 comments

I debuted Series No. 1 of my  Tomato Trading Cards at the plant sale at our growing space last Sunday. Each person coming through the gate got 2 of the same cards. This encouraged folks to talk to each other and to trade to increase their selection in their albeit small collection. More enthusiastic collectors talked others out of their cards entirely. It was fun to watch! If you’d like to join the fun, I’ll be bringing some to the...

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