Tomato plants are sold out.
This year we will have the following tomatoes, all grown from certified organic seed:
Celebrity: 8oz, determinate, 72 days Sungold: 1 oz, orange, indeterminate, 57 days Black Krim: 1 pound, indeterminate, 80 days Cherokee Purple: 1 pound, indeterminate, 72 days Juliet: 1 to 2 oz, indeterminate, 60 days, grape shaped Roma: 2 to 3 oz, determinate, 76 days Sweet 100: indeterminate, very small cherry Caspian Pink: 10 to 12 oz, indeterminate, 80 days Hawaiian Tropic: 8-10 oz, indeterminate, 65 days, heat tolerant
1 plant $2.00
3 plants $5.00
Tray of 18 plants $25.00
50 or more plants $1.00 each at the farm
It is time to take out a bit of the winter garden. This job falls on the chickens. I built a new lightweight chicken tractor out of PVC and chicken wire. I saw a picture of a similar one at the SSAWG conference last month. One hour with 10 chickens and they should have run out of things to eat, so we move it to a new local. Mine is 6′ x 10′ and very easy for one person to move. Now I need to build one the size of my raised beds–4′ wide.
I am also building a circular clam-like pen that will go around a fruit tree and fit one or two chickens to weed and debug all of the fruit trees. That job should take about 400 hours.
Phosphorous is essential for root production and plant growth. Many potting mixes have lime in them. The lime is there to counter the acidity of the peat moss often used in potting mixes. However, I have recently discovered–with help from my friends at Texas Plant and Soil–this can cause a serious problem. Lime is basically calcium (Ca) which is a positively charged ion and it reacts readily with negatively charged phosphorous (P) fixing the nutrient in the soil and making it unavailable to the plant. We lime the soil to get rid of acidity. If the soil is too acid, iron will also tie up the phosphorous. Phosphorous is most available to a plant at a pH of 6 to 7. However if your soil is too acidic at time of planting, it is too late to lime because you will not get the nutrient to the plant. Lime at least four months before you plant. As far as the lime in the potting soil is concerned, we quit using peat moss and use partially decomposed hurricane Ike mulch while it lasts. This keeps the mix less acidic and is a sustainable resource for now.
We are open by appointment only. We do not ship trees.
I sell fruit trees that are appropriate for the Houston, Austin and Bryan/College Station area. Most trees are in three to five gallon pots and are grown by organic methods. Many are grafted and I list the rootstock below. I believe am one of the only sources of persimmon trees grafted on D. virginiana, the native wild persimmon of this area. Many of them come from California where they use D. lotus. If you are west of I-35 it would be best if it were grafted on D. Texana, but I know of no one selling them. Please contact me by email email@example.com or phone– 713-542-6615 (cell). If you let me know early enough I can deliver them to the Saturday market on Richmond at Eastside in Houston 8:00 until noon.
Below is a list of the trees I have that are big enough to sell. Other trees are available. If you are looking for something else let me know and I will see if I can get it for you. Below are the prices I charge at the farmers market. There is a 10% discount for potted trees picked up at the farm.
Persimmons on d virginiana $38
Peaches on nemaguard $28
Pear on calleryana $30
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Celeste Italian black
Citrus on trifoliate $39
Moro Blood Orange
Kishu seedless Mandarin Republic of Texas Orange Rio red grapefruit Bloomsweet grapefruit
For care see my fruit tree fertilization schedule
I used Kiko Denzer’s book “build Your Own Earthen Oven” as my guide. We built the base out of concrete and brick scraps held together with mud. The bottles help insulate the base. The next step will be the cob base followed by the firebrick floor to the oven.