Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes’

Before I continue, I should explain a few things about myself. Firstly, I love seeds. I’m sure my fellow gardeners out there can understand– That little jolt of excitement we get every dreary January day when our new seed catalogs arrive. That being said…I go a little nuts when I order my seeds…

Which leads me to my seeds. I LOVE Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They’re all heirloom, so you can get all kinds of varieties that you can’t find anywhere else (and all guaranteed to be without genetic modifications). Their catalog is chocked full of beautiful pictures, and hundreds of seed varieties. They send you recipes, and tips. And the customer service is phenomenal.

Add how awesome Baker Creek is, to my inability to stop buying seeds and you get…..

12 varieties of tomatoes started in my basement.

Last year I did 4 varieties in massive quantities. This year, I had the intention of doing less plants, but more varieties. As it turns out, I’ll probably have the same amount of tomato plants, but 12 different kinds. I won’t lie. I am excited.

I can’t possibly have room in our garden for all the seedlings I started, provided they all germinate. So if you see a variety you love, or haven’t seen in years. Or, you’re feeling adventurous, let me know. I sell my hardy tomato plants at the appropriate planting time for $3.00/plant. If you aren’t a grower, stay tuned, because we’ll have lots of scrumptious tomatoes for sale this summer!

The following are pictures of the varieties I have started. Picture credit is from Baker Creek, unless otherwise specified. I encourage you to click on the picture to learn more about the variety, and more about Baker Creek!

emerald

Emerald Evergreen

germanlunch

German Lunchbox

pinkox

Pink Ox Heart

purpleball

Eva Purple Ball, Image credit SESE

cherry

Black Cherry

mortgage lifter

Mortgage Lifter

pantano

Pantano Romanesco

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Rutgers are the beauties in the right corner. This is my photo from last season. Rutgers

Stupice

Credit: WSU Stupice

pear

Yellow Pear

germanjohnson

German Johnson

I have to give a special shout out to Jimmy Cracked Corn, a fellow blogger, and seed lover, who sent me some Cabin tomato seeds he saved from his tomatoes last season. Apparently, Cabin tomatoes are a rare, almost extinct, hardy, and large variety. I can’t wait to see how they do this season! Stop by his blog and say hello!

I’ve also started my pepper plants (6 varieties), and propagated some rosemary from cuttings of the plant I started from seed last year. Some of these will also be for sale in the spring. Let me know if you’re interested!

-Linde

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20121202-163932.jpgI’d like to take a moment, and send a great BIG THANK YOU, to Matt, from Jimmy Cracked Corn, for mailing us a packet of his homegrown, home-saved Cabin tomato seeds. He’s had great success growing this variety, which is reportedly quite rare. He and his family enjoyed it so much so that he mailed us, and a number of other fellow bloggers a packet! How nice!! So, return the kindness on our behalf, and check out his blog at Jimmy Cracked Corn, to learn more about these tomatoes!

I can’t wait to get growing!! Thanks again, Matt!

-Linde

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We currently have bulk quantities of:

Roma tomatoes (upper right)– perfect for cooking, canning and sauce making.

Rutger Tomatoes (left)– good for slicing and canning.

String Beans (Upper left)
All are available for $3.00/lb., and taste WAY better than the grocery store! Please contact us if you’re interested!

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Well, we’re coming into prime farming season! Things have been busy here at the farm, and are bound to only get busier! I’ve sat down to update the blog a million times it seems, but something farmy always interrupts!

The most exciting news of the past few weeks is that our CSA customers got their second full share this week! Yeah!! We planned for a 12 week season, just to be cautious, as it is our first year. But with this terrific weather, it looks like we’ll be able to get 18-20 weeks of veggies.

WEEK ONE

  • Rhubarb
  • Green Onions
  • Mixed Greens
  • Radishes

WEEK TWO

  • Rhubarb
  • Radishes
  • Kale
  • Mixed Greens (including mustard greens, arugula, and gourmet lettuce)

My official favorite vegetable to eat and harvest this season is the Easter Egg Radish.

   It’s a mix of purple, red, pink and white radishes. They’re so darn cute, and you never know color you’re going to get! But the flavor is fantastic. It’s sweet and mild. It doesn’t have the harsh spiciness of some other varieties. I’ll definitely be planting more of these!

I’ve taken all kinds of photos over the past few days to share with you, but every time I walk outside, it seems things have doubled! So although they probably look different now, here are some recent photos to give you an idea where we’re at.

 The sweet peas are growing beautifully, and are about knee-high.

 The first bed of potatoes and most of the second are about a foot high, and have been mounded.

 Our mini-green house is full to the brim with seedlings waiting for the final plantings!

 Tomato and pepper sales have exceeded expectation! We’ll definitely be taking orders for next year, so look for more information this winter!

 About half of the asparagus I planted has come up, and it looks delicious!! I can’t wait to have a taste next spring!

We have 10 planting beds finished, and some covered in black plastic in anticipation of tomato plants. Only 5 more to go!!

 Onions and garlic!

And to leave your mouth watering:

Our Early Spring Salad Mix paired with…

  our Icicle, Easter Egg, and Sparkler radishes.

YUM!

Check back soon, I’ll have more updates!

-Linde

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It’s getting close to that time! Warm-weather planting time!!

For North-Eastern Ohio, May 15th is a safe plant-out date. If you haven’t started your own seeds, and plan to have peppers and tomatoes of your own, get them from Collingwood Farm!

We have peppers:

  • Jalapeno
  • Bell
  • Red and Yellow Banana (sold out)
  • Ornamentals

We have tomatoes:

  • Pear
  • Grape
  • Rutgers
  • Roma

Also available are squash, cukes, pie pumpkin, cabbage and some select herbs.

All plants have been grown in organic soil, using only organic fertilizer. Rather than pay significantly more from your garden center, and not know where your plant comes from, buy it local from a trusted source!!

Remember, we will never sell you genetically modified products!

All plants will be in 5 inch plastic pots, and will be ready to transfer to a pot of your own, or directly to the garden!

We’re asking $3.00/plant.

Quantities are limited, so get your orders in now!

Email collingwoodfarm@gmail.com if interested!

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Well, if you haven’t noticed. We’ve been busy here at Collingwood Farm! The last two weeks were so beautiful, we didn’t spend much time in front of the computer. Now that this crazy wind/rain/possible snow has rolled in, I’ll take a moment to update you on the happenings. And there’s a lot!

The big news last week was Nettie, the one hen that hasn’t laid a single egg since we got her, started laying eggs!! Woohoo! Never mind that she scratches all the straw out of the box and lays the eggs standing up, so they’re all cracked on one end..details. We now have two consistent layers. Hopefully, the other 4 will pick up soon! If you haven’t already, check out the chicks full details here.

Arugula

Arugula

The second best news is Rich and I sampled some of our wares for the first time last night. We both had a nibble from our rapidly growing arugula. Let me tell you, I have never tasted arugula like this. It has the same general flavor as what you might get in a mixed greens bag from the store, buts it tender, and flavorful, and just when you think its over, it slaps you with a spicy heat. Kind of like a radish and onion all at once. Trust me…it is goooooood.

Which leads me to the good news for our CSA customers!! Your first shares are just days away from being ready!! Included in the first weeks share will be Easter Egg Radishes (a colorful mix), mix greens including the aforementioned arugula, spinach, and different lettuces, and green onions.

In sadder (not really) news, I have empty nest syndrome. Our bedroom-slash-greenhouse has been vacated.All my lovingly cared for eggplant, tomato and pepper seedlings have grown big enough to move out–into the breezeway. The breezeway is a nice medium between indoor and outdoor temperatures, and provides enough sunlight to keep the seedlings happy. Hopefully, keeping them out there for a few weeks with help harden them off, so they’ll be strong, hardy and ready to fruit once they get outside.

The first bed of potatoes (russet) that I planted a few weeks ago has sprouted, and all the onions and garlic have grown nicely! I finally got the asparagus plants in late last week, but we still have 6 or 7 beds to till and prepare so we can plant the warm weather veggies!  The request for free help still stands!! Come on over! 🙂

I’ve been so anxious to get things in the ground, and waiting for seeds to germinate. Now that they have, I am astonished at how quickly everything is growing!!  I also cannot believe it’s the last full week in April already!! Before I know it, I’ll be posting pictures of our freshly picked sweet corn. I can’t wait!

Check back soon, I have some things I want to tell you about why Collingwood Farm will NEVER grow genetically modified food.

-Linde

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I’d like to start by sending a gigantic THANK YOU!!! to our cousin Megan, and her boyfriend Tom, for volunteering their Friday afternoon to help me around the farm.

 

Potting up tomatoes

Potting up tomatoes

Shoveling the rows!

Shoveling the rows!

Megan and I got 10 strawberry plants in, while Tom tilled the beds.  After lots of shoveling, we got another bed finished, which should be planted with more potatoes today! They also potted up all my tomato seedlings. (I had the extremely difficult task of writing the labels.)

It doesn’t sound like so much when you put it in three sentences, but trust me, it was a lot of work. I definitely couldn’t have gotten that much done without them. So, THANK YOU! and COME BACK SOON! 🙂

Also, to Aunt Nancy-Thanks for the computer farming game. I’m sure it’ll keep me busy in the winter months. 😛

Earlier in the week I got the onion bed finished. I planted about 350 onion sets. Yesterday, my “Red Candy Apple” onion starts came in the mail, so I got those in as well. In total, we have about 500 onions in the ground. 2 kinds are for fresh eating, and 2 are for storage.  I look forward to see how they turn out! I also got 20 garlic bulbs in this bed. Garlic is notorious for being a smaller crop when planted in the spring, as opposed to the fall, but because last fall was so wet, we only ended up with 5 garlic plants that survived. So, we’re going to give it a try. I’ll let you know how it goes.

*UPDATE ON THE WORM FARM*

The worms came. The worms went. Literally.

I got them in the mail on Wednesday, and put them in their new, carefully prepared home. One thing I didn’t bank on was the worms crawling out of their home. The first morning I found about 12 dried worms in the back room. Friday morning I found about 100 dried worms in the back room. They hated it so much, they actually crawled through the little air holes in the lid, and escaped. So, after vacuuming, and a thorough search of the house (to determine that the worms were not planning a siege of Collingwood Farm), I threw them outside in the compost bin. I’m still having nightmares. (not really)

Turns out I’m not worm farmer, and I’m okay with that.

-Linde

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