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Tomatomania 2011!

Post  AndreaHall on 2/25/2011, 4:14 pm

Tomatomania looks kind of awesome!

http://tomatomania.com/

March 25, 26, and 27, 2011,
9:00am until 5:00pm
almost 300 varieties of seedlings!
The Tapia Brothers’ Farm Stand
5251 Hayvenhurst Avenue in Encino

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Re: Tomatomania 2011!

Post  model a man on 2/25/2011, 4:44 pm

thanks for posting. I am going to try to make 2 of them. the one in encino and the one in la canada. look for the old guy driving the model A Laughing

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Re: Tomatomania 2011!

Post  acara on 2/25/2011, 4:54 pm

Yep .... too bad they are Southeast haters ...LOL

I could never figure out why White Flower Farms (based out of the NE) would go to Cali shows, but I'd never see them down anywhere close to here.

Their transplants are a little pricey for my taste, but I'd drive a couple of hours to load up the truck with some different transplants, if they would do an event in the SE.

BTW .... those trellises in your blog are gorgeous.

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Re: Tomatomania 2011!

Post  model a man on 2/25/2011, 6:16 pm

while we are posting things to do here in so cal. I have this flyer that might be of interest to some.

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Re: Tomatomania 2011!

Post  AndreaHall on 2/25/2011, 8:41 pm

acara, thanks for the trellis compliment! I really really love tomatoes, so I'm hoping to have a good yield this year!

Thanks for the info Model A Man... looks informative and I have questions about that too Smile


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Post  model a man on 2/25/2011, 9:56 pm

AndreaHall I checked your blog and I got to tell you. You and your husband are just to cute. Keep us updated on your garden
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Re: Tomatomania 2011!

Post  FarmerValerie on 2/26/2011, 9:18 am

A word about catching rainwater, in some states it is illegal, at least that is what I have read on several sites and blogs (several days research). It is not illegal in TX, but I have heard that it is being considered again. Don't want to get into the how's and why's of it, too political and a big no-no here.

I do know that you should not collect rainwater for food or human consumption from a roof that has shingles.

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Post  Chopper on 3/2/2011, 12:35 am

They both look like great events. I cannot figure why catching rainwater would be illegal and who they might have to enforce it? Seems silly.

We had plenty to catch this year. I was sorry I did not have something set up for it.

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Post  AndreaHall on 3/2/2011, 12:39 am

It's something to do with water rights, from what I understand. I don't think it's an issue here in California, I think I heard about it happening in Texas but I'm not sure. Crazy!

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Post  walshevak on 3/2/2011, 4:36 am

I just attended a workshop on making rain barrels this past Sat. and the speaker did mention that certain a certain state considers all the rain that falls over the state to be state property. Wish I had paid more attention, but I think it was Colarado. Workshop was interesting and if you had signed up ahead of time, you got to make your own rainbarrell for $60 in supplies. Next workshop is on March 17 and I'm signing up. This is in the Norfolk, VA area. If anybody is interested, I have the speaker's business card. He also sells the kits for $60 or the finished barrel for $75. Nothing was mentioned about not using the water for veggie gardens, just not to be used for drinking water.

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Post  FarmerValerie on 3/2/2011, 8:10 am

They sat it's because some states have or commonly have dry seasons, and the water that falls finds it's way into the main water sources. My thinking is if people collected rain water, they would not need to use main water sources.... Leaving more water in the main source. Of course, if you cannot collect it in barrels, if you have a slope, you can dig a hole and collect it in a pond or water garden, and use a pump to get it to your garden....

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Post  model a man on 3/2/2011, 7:39 pm

I wonder if that mean any state that calls the rain water state property is willing to pay for any water damage it might do to your home or property or car accidents caused by rain? Laughing

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Re: Tomatomania 2011!

Post  Megan on 3/2/2011, 7:48 pm

I was researching rainwater use over the winter and came across this. I thought it was very interesting and made perfect sense. Somewhere in this PDF you will read that if every house in Virginia harvested all the rainwater from their roofs in 2007, we would have have harvested 14.3 BILLION gallons of water. That's huge. And with that kind of volume (or even a quarter, tenth or hundredth of that volume!) it'd need a public works department involved to collect, distribute, and make safe for public consumption. That being said, I would get a little cranky if I couldn't set out a little rain barrel for a 60 or 120 gallon reservoir.

Anyway, if you have time, give this a read. I found it very eye-opening and not a little scary, in terms of some of the predictions made if no action is taken.

http://www.arcsa-usa.org/files/Virginia%20Rainwater%20Harvesting%20Manual.pdf

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Re: Tomatomania 2011!

Post  FarmerValerie on 3/3/2011, 8:28 am

Thanks Megan, I'll give it a read this afternoon.

That's a lot of water, however not everyone is going to collect it, and when a deluge comes, having even a small amount of the population collecting rainwater means less water in the street. While true that it may not really put a dent in street flooding, those who save water for gardening, are going to use even that sparingly. And, we are just going to be collecting from rooftops, not the whole yard. We have an acre, that can be alot of water. We eventually do hope to have some sort of a fish pond, to raise brim, so that will be collecting too.

We hope to set up some sort of system for our sink, washer, and tub water this year, to run it to 55 gallon drums, and either filter it, or run it through 3-55 gallon drums to let any trash fall to the bottom of them. I use mostly home made cleaners, and home made laundry detergent, but my scrub cleaner (home made commet or soft scrub) is equal parts baking soda, borax, and salt. The first two don't concern me, it's the salt that does, so I would like to run it through a filter.

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Post  model a man on 3/26/2011, 6:20 pm

I went to tomatomania. I was kinda disapointed. Yes there were a lot of different kinds of tomatoes but the prices to me were to high. a 4" pot was $4.00 and a 1 gallon was $7.00. I did buy one $4.00 plant and a box of red wigglers that is suppose to have 250 wigglers in it for $10.00. I then drove a few miles down the road to green arrow and they had a lot of the same tomatoes and theirs were only $1.99 for the 4' pots and I even bought a 6 pack of sweet 100's for $2.49. I then went to lowes and bought some tomatoe cages. At tomatomania I think they were $12.00 and for the same ones at lowes were $4.95. Just my 2 cents. PS what do baby red wigglers look like? when I opened the box at first all I saw were these little white/clear looking worns and when I dumped the box out I saw some big red worms which may be totaled 15 not 250 so I am guessing the ones that look like maggots are babies.. Could the little white/clear ones be babies? If so then yes 250 in the box. Thanks

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I am emarrassed to say

Post  milaneyjane on 3/26/2011, 7:14 pm

that I am growing ONE tomato this year. My head is hung in shame. Embarassed

ROMA (x24 plants)

I am doing a lot of canning and want a steady canning supply.

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Post  AndreaHall on 3/26/2011, 10:32 pm

I went to Tomatomania today too! I looked for you, ModelAMan... your car anyway! There were a lot of people there, and I was surprised at how big it was. I didn't know what to expect. The prices were definitely higher than a chain store, but the plants all looked really healthy to me and I came home with more than expected:

Cuor di Bue
Matt's Wild Cherry
German Orange Strawberry
Gold Medal
Costoluto Genovese
Michael Pollan
San Marzano
Neves Azorean Red
Goldman's Italian American

And a strawberry Smile

I also liked how knowledgeable the staff was, and eager to help... glad I went. I haven't heard of Green Arrow, I'll have to check it out!

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