Tomato of the Week: Black Cherry

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Blog, From the nursery, Home page, Uncategorized

Black Cherry is a vigorous grower that produces lots of cherries over the whole summer and fall. The flavor has the signature ‘black tomato smokiness’ and is sweet and tender. Consider adding Black Cherry to your tomato patch or trading out a red cherry this season for something new and beautiful. For those of you who want a rich heirloom flavor but don’t have the hours of sun and heat needed to ripen a beefsteak variety, this...

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Tomato of the Week: Carmello

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Blog, From the nursery, Home page, Uncategorized

We’ve noticed you are overlooking Carmello tomato so we want to sing it’s praises! This medium sized red mid-season French beauty has a loyal following among our customers. We grew it again last year after many years. It’s flavor is wonderful—sweet with old-time tomatoey highlights. It’s a great main season crop that’s good for slicing as well as fresh over pasta etc. It has a thin skin so doesn’t pack...

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SF Chronicle article

Posted by on Apr 6, 2013 in Blog, From the nursery, Home page, Uncategorized

All week I’ve been waiting for last Sunday’s SF Chronicle’s Home & Garden article we were featured in to be posted on SFGate. It was called ‘Tomatoes for your Terroir’ and covered four areas of the Bay Area. We were covered for the East Bay. Writer Sophia Markoulakis did a smashing job. We were very happy with it. Some folks showed up on Sunday at the Temescal market waving copies. It was fun to be stars for a...

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Oat Bran to the rescue

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Blog, From the nursery, Home page, Uncategorized

It really works! As I explained in a previous post, my burdock plants were being chewed to the nub by snails. As soon as a new leaf would appear it would be chewed off by the next day. I applied a heavy layer of oat bran, and as you can see in the photo, they are winning the fight! Oat bran still works when it rains. If you overhead water you just have to be careful not to wash it away . . .  

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Transplanting heaven

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Blog, From the nursery, Home page, Uncategorized

What amazing weather! Today we are going to Alameda to transplant the first batch of tomatoes. The night temperatures have been so cold it’s been risky to leave the seedlings out to harden off but they are looking good and are complaining of crowded living conditions so it’s time to get going. The last few weeks Peggy has been transplanting up a whole mess of greens—chard, spinach, raddichios, lettuce and all the spring brassicas...

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