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Saturday, 26 December 2009 09:32

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to ALL!

The aeroponic cherry tomatoes and salad greens are well on their way. We've already been harvesting the greens and mixing them in with beet greens from the coldframe outside. The cherry tomatoes have blossoms. I help along the pollination by moving the plants and with a small paint brush (okay, I'm playing bee here).

Growing greens inside

Indoor Cherry Tomato

Here is one of the first winter Phaelenopsis flowers.

Pink and White Orchid

Bethe Schwartz of the Jersey City Gardening Coalition submitted this for our local gardeners:

Late Blight Survey Request...

to those of you who grew tomatoes organically this yr. Please consider completing Northeast Organic Farming Assoc's questionnaire. Although some of the questions may seem tailored for farmers, but gardeners--including us urban ones!--may have imp't info to offer. I don't grow in a greenhouse, so I considered my backyd the equivalent of a field & explained the backyd setup in the "comments" box. I indicated 3 of the 6 varieties grown: Roma (a determinate [bush] hybrid, good for making gravy, hence considered a paste kind), Heirloom--just means seeds collected from a past crop--Cherry (indeterminate, open-pollinator, great for salads), Brandywine (indeterminate, open-pollinator, big fruit good for sandwich slices). & despite a whole lotta rain & not a lot of days w/ really hot temps, things were fine over here in this part of Jersey City, NJ. & we were picking fruit 'til the 2nd wk of Nov...leaving the remaining orbs for the wildlife. I'm thinking that my homemade mixture of dishwashing liquid/sweet tea/crushed garlic sprayed on leaves/vines/ maturing fruit may have helped; just remembered that back in school learned that Pasteur considered Garlic for it's antibacterial properties & during both World Wars preps were used to retard gangrene growth...& while blight is a fungus, it's not like that one that so many of us enjoy--Mushrooms--I think blight acts more like a bacteria. Anyways, please consider completing the survey by going to www.nofamass. org ...NOFA/Mass is compiling the data & will issue a report in late Jan '10. Interested folks have until Jan 1st to complete the survey. Who knows...your info might help.Thanks, Bethe

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2009 09:57

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