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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Starts, False and Otherwise

I knew perfectly well winter was far from over but I don't know why it had to return so rudely yesterday after two days of sun and spring-like temps, especially on the one day of the week I was planning to be out and about. Instead while The Mister skipped a Ski Patrol obligation to nurse a head/chest cold, I shoveled out. Again.

Among other things, I didn't make it to yet another meeting of Edible Gardening. I'm sorry I missed an opportunity to discuss seed-starting with other gardeners but I'm glad the prospect of the meeting motivated me to get my plans organized last week. I even went back to using a spreadsheet, a mixed blessing as it turns out. When I saw everything listed I realized that once I get my Ramapo seeds I will have seeds for 25 varieties of tomatoes this year. Keeping track of them will be a challenge but at least I now have a plan.


tomato starts 2011


eggplant, pepper, tomato starts 2011

I hope I make it to the next meeting and find some gardeners who will be interested in any extra seedlings.

additional tomato varieties: Marmande, Costoluto Fiorentino, Ramapo, Power's Heirloom, Djena Lee's Golden Girl, Tigerella

Friday, February 11, 2011

Ramapos Are Back!!


I was leafing through a catalog from The Natural Gardening Company (a lovely catalog but why anyone would think I'd be likely to order plants from California is a mystery) and I felt disoriented for a moment when I saw Ramapo tomatoes listed. But it's true! After I'd given up looking for them a couple of years ago it seems more persistent gardeners persuaded Rutgers to reintroduce them.

After years of growing some perfectly wonderful tomatoes we still remember the Ramapos I grew in Somerville, NJ in the 70's as the best tomatoes we've ever eaten. Even if they don't meet our fuzzy recollections I'm going to enjoy growing them again.

http://njfarmfresh.rutgers.edu/RamapoTomato.htm

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A New Visitor


What a treat, a lovely Carolina wren poking around the wood pile this afternoon. I just hope it sticks around for awhile and maybe even vocalizes a bit...