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We have tomato blooms

Post  Jay Bird on 2/22/2011, 9:57 am

We now have blooms and successfully hand vibrated and pollinated



The plants are all viable and healthy



The canning kitchen is complete save a little clean up



Farmers Market starts first weekend in March, and we actually have plants ready to sell in 4" pots
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Post  FarmerValerie on 2/22/2011, 10:17 am

WOW, a canning kitchen, the other stuff is way cool too, but a canning kitchen, that's been on my honey do list for 15 years.

I wish I could persuade hubby to hop on I-30 for the first week of Farmer's Market and come grab a few plants, who knows maybe we will. We are in Texarkana, so it's a bit of a drive, but a nice one. Hey, I know any bee keepers in the area, selling honey and bee stuff at the Farmer's Market you go to? He's reading all he can about that and attending classes/meetings in Ashdown (AR) trying to get some knowledge before buying some bees, maybe having someone who does that will get him in the truck to go. We could talk shop and have a glass of Lipton tea (iced of course) in honor of Mt. Vernon's Dandy Don.
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Post  quiltbea on 2/22/2011, 10:24 am

Wow, a tomato blossom. I know they aren't particularely wanted by the buyers of seedlings who have to plant it, but the plants themselves seem a sturdy bunch.
Good luck.
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Post  Jay Bird on 2/22/2011, 11:51 am

the blossom plants are not for sale they are in sfg boxes in the greenhouse, yes there are beekeepers or one bee keeper at the mt vernon farmers market , His name is Mr. Barnett he stopped by sat and purchased 6 tom's and later stoped by with a bag of worm castings for us to experiment with, then he brought a guy by sunday to buy my 8 extra roosters, he is generally at the farmers market every weekend and has offered to sell some of his ready to go apiraries
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Post  FarmerValerie on 2/22/2011, 12:02 pm

Thanks, I'll pass that along, maybe I can get hubby out and about for a nice drive. We are at that age where we take drives, not road trips, but we have yet to limit our drives to Sunday!!! When is the first Farmer's Market?
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Post  boffer on 2/22/2011, 12:06 pm

JB, do you ever sit down? You get more done in a day than 10 of me!
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Post  FarmerValerie on 2/22/2011, 12:15 pm

He must be one of those rare gifts that speaks little, but says much!!!
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Post  Jay Bird on 2/22/2011, 2:02 pm

FV, Mount vernon is a short 60 miles from texarkana, short trip first farmers marlet is 1st weekend in March thru last weekend in November..

Side note a co-worker just loaded my 1/2 ton and my wifes 1 ton truck full of horse manure well composted WOOp WOOP

If I could just find someone to unload it,, augh!
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Post  FarmerValerie on 2/22/2011, 4:25 pm

If I had my own car I would be on my way, as long as I got a bucket or two. My sinus' clogged due to allergies so it would not bother me a bit, and I have a 14yo son who is bored....... But alas we are a 1 car family, hope you find help soon.
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Post  Furbalsmom on 2/22/2011, 4:56 pm

JB, it is so great to see your progress!

Wonderful that you have blooms on your tomatoes that are going to be your growing stock for the Farmer's Market.

Those transplants are looking great too!.

Looks like you are going to have a winning season. cheers
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Post  janefss2002 on 2/22/2011, 6:49 pm

Wow! Those plants look amazing! you rock

The kitchen is just plain inspiring!

Jane
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Post  Jay Bird on 2/23/2011, 1:46 pm

Started another 75 cucumber and 60 zucchini seeds in 4" pots last night. We were getting all settled in to watch NCIS and I decided to try and minimize my weekend work load, the greenhouse was a pleasant 68 degrees turned the radio on and we spent about a hour planting and puttering, everyone should have a greenhouse no need to wait on that last frost date anymore!
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Post  Old Hippie on 2/23/2011, 8:01 pm

@Jay Bird wrote:....the greenhouse was a pleasant 68 degrees turned the radio on and we spent about a hour planting and puttering, everyone should have a greenhouse no need to wait on that last frost date anymore!


Oh I am so with you on that one!! I am keeping my fingers crossed that we can get mine built this year.

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Post  CarolynPhillips on 2/23/2011, 10:33 pm

Congrats on tomato blossoms. I know your excitement all too well.

Wow, you already have tomato plants for sale! Mine won't be ready until End of
March---1st of April for the public.
Shocked

Gotta love those 4 inch pots. I use that size too for some of the tomatoes, peppers, herbs and squash. Perfect size for young single plants.

Have fun.
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Post  Bec on 2/24/2011, 9:09 am

Blooms already - that's great!

I love the setup you have - greenhouse mostly but the kitchen too. I'm ENVIOUS!

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Post  Ha-v-v on 2/24/2011, 8:18 pm

Jay Bird!!! its gorgeous all of it. You have done such a nice job of setting up everything!! I will be taking notes from yours Smile Keep sharing we love it here in Mississippi.
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Post  Jay Bird on 3/11/2011, 12:00 pm

Crazy Crazy Busy, the tom's have 3 tiers of fruit branches and are 4 feet tall, first tier all have toms on them so the vibrating wand is working, just got three bottle calves last sunday and now early get up and late to bed

Farmers market this weekend we have 800 4" pots with various veggie, herb and flowers and 200 1 gallon,,, now which ones do we load up to try and sell?????

Weekend activity is to plant 6 sfg's outside 4' x 12' each with transplants from greenhouse

Need a day off in a bad way
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Post  FarmerValerie on 3/11/2011, 12:59 pm

Just curious Jay Bird, how much do you usually ask for your 4" pots, with plants in them of course?
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Post  Jay Bird on 3/11/2011, 2:36 pm

$ 3 for the 4" and $6 for the one gallon
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Post  FarmerValerie on 3/11/2011, 7:23 pm

WOW, that's not bad for "home grown"!!!
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