Planting Calander

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tomatoes planted

I planted in my seed house several varieties of tomatoes on Feb. 15
Today I transplanted them in the garden, under a plastic rings cover.

I have been trying for several years now to find varieties of indeterminate tomatoes that do well in the slightly cooler temperature of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Here is what I am planting this year.

Stupice - (Solanum lycopersicum) - this is a variety I am now grow every year.
Czechoslovakia Heirloom sent to the U.S. from the by Milan Sodomka circa 1990.
It is a compact plant with potato leaf foliage loaded with clusters of 2-4 inche fruits.
55-70 days from transplant, heavy yields all season, indeterminate.

Ukrainian Purple or Purple Russian - A new variety I am trying.
Ukrainian heirloom sent to the US from Irma Hemkel circa 1980.  
A tall plant with interesting dark green 'feathery' foliage with plum-shaped fruits are purple-red, smooth and perfect. 3-4 inch fruits and 6 ounces.  
75 days from transplant, heavy yields all season, indeterminate.
Flavorful, sweet, meaty flesh, Resistant to cracking.
One of the best varieties for salsa, fresh eating, and beautiful and delicious in salads, but they are also tasty cooked. 

Black prince A new variety I am trying
Originally from Irkutsk, Siberian Russian, this is a black Heirloom tomato.
A tall plant, This is a fairly early tomato, and one that is more apt to set fruit in cool climates. 
Slightly pear-shaped fruit are deep garnet red with some dark chocolate brown and black.
Medium sized with 2 1/2 inch diameter average 4 oz.
60 days from transplant, heavy yields all season, indeterminate.
Tomatoes are full of juice and incredibly rich fruity flavors. This is a tomato that chefs I deliver to rave about for it's rich flavors. 
Very popular in Russia that there is now a company in Volograd that is producing an extract of the Black Prince called "Black Prince Tomato Oil." The Black Prince tomato is said to have considerable health benefits beyond the presence of lycopene.  

Missiouri Pink -  A new variety I am trying.
An American Heirloom Grown since the Civil war by the Barnes family who grew it as an ornamental, believing (as many people did at the time) that tomatoes or "love apples" were poisonous
Best grown in tall cages, This potato-leaved variety produces big beefsteak, pink fruit.
Large sized 
75-85 days from transplant yielding 1-3 fruits per cluster
are slightly sweet and very rich-tasting, juicy, meaty texture.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Starts stalled

Lesson learned. My starts, after shooting up and looking great after a couple days, slowed down then turned yellow on the top of the starter leaf and purple on the underside of the leaf. The plants stopped growing.

After adjusting the water. Schedule and adding some compost tea mix to the water to increase the NPK levels, they are off and running again. This has taken a few weeks off of their growth.

I went to my fallback plan and hit the master gardeners sale again.
I put them in the ground last weekend. It has gotten cold again and the plants cold use some cover.

I will post the types in the ground soon.

Tomatoe starts

The digital thermostat hooked up to the heat mat has fully automated this with precise control.
I drilled enough holes in the box to drop the temperature down to lights on 72 degrees. With the mat, I am able to hit germination temp of 80 degrees, day grow temp of 75 and night temp of 65.
Ambient temp outside the box is 45 degrees at night and 50 in the day.

Sprouts are healthy and germination rate is 95%.

With the dome I

Monday, March 4, 2013

Seed starts

I built a small germination box. It is 20 inches deep by 30 inches wide and 18 inches tall.
It fits a single 10x 20 seed tray with a 4 bulb 24" long T5 grow light. Using 6500 temperature buLbs.

The box is made of 3/4" insulating hard foam panels with reflective coating on inside side.
In the garage, where temperatures hit a low of 45 degrees, the box held between 78 and 82 degrees with the seed heat mat.
When I turned on the grow lights, temp hit 113 degrees.
So I made an alternate front that I drilled 12 1/2" holes into. This dropped the temperature to 92 degrees with the mat turned off.

I will need to buy a temperature thermostat controller for the heating pad to turn it off when the lights are on.

Seeds were planted 2 days ago in it.

I also have started sugar anne peas in the greenhouse. They are coming up nice, need to be planted soon.
I plan on putting the around the tomatoe cages.

Tomatoe cages

I have perfected the tomato cage by using Neil's design and painting it. I am makings about 20 of these. Everyone wants at least 3.

Soil test

I received the official results of the soil test. Recommended I add gypsum, 3lbs per 100 SF.
The ph was 7.0. Every other category was optimum to near optimum levels.

Recommendation was to add 6" of compost every year and supplement with added nitrogen.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Seed order

Ordered seed today
Last frost here is February 15, first frost is 11/30.
I will keep the row cover on until may 1 or so.

Lemon Cuke Cucumber CU103
Turkish Orange Eggplant EG134
Arugula - 1 oz OG106-C
Arugula Pronto OG121
Red of Florence Onion ON103
Orange Bell PP137 1 $2.75
Emerald Evergreen Tomato TG102
Stupice Tomato TM199
Black Prince Tomato TP104
Black Mauri (Black Moor) Tomato TP134
Thessaloniki Tomato TM101
Parris Island Cos Lettuce LT101
Little Gem Lettuce - 1 oz LT116-C
Rouge d'Hiver Lettuce LT105
De Morges Braun Lettuce LT145
Crisp Mint LT150
Envy Soya Beans SY101
Sugar Ann Snap Pea 1/2 lb SN107-F
Evening Sun - Sunflower FL733
Red Sun Sunflower FL912
Autumn Beauty - Sunflower FL720
Giant Primrose - Sunflower FL734