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I May Have Already Told You All This, But.....

Posted 2/7/2019 5:24pm by David Zemelsky.


I want to talk to you the graft.  No, not like what we think might be going on with some government officials.  Graft, as in grafting-as in grafting tomatoes.  This is a big big subject in the world of farming, but I'm going to try to slim it down for you because if I go into too much detail ,(which probably wouldn't be that interesting anyway) you'd probably lose interest.

Simply stated, the purpose of grafting is to make an average plant into a Hulk Hogan of a plant!  For real.  To do this, we "simply" cut the tops off of two plants.  One is the flavor that you're looking for (the scion), which goes on top and the other is the rootstock-which goes on the bottom.   If one can get these two parts to reattach to one another, we are left with a supercharged plant, capable of an enormous increase in production and  more more immune to the diseases that can often befell tomato plants, particularly if one plants tomatoes in the same ground year after year.

I use the word "simply", however the process to get the two to grow into one plant can be very tricky.  For years, we've tried to  do this, with a certain amount of success (i.e. a questionable amount of success).  However, this year is going to be different.  Here's why.  I finally see that we'll be able to make an accurate cut in both the rootstock and the scion with the use of a new tool from Johnny's Selected Seed.  It has a gauge on it, that will insure that both cuts will line up.   We start by planting  rootstock in one tray and the scions in another.  After 19 days or so, the stalk is thick enough to be able to work with it.  One snips off the top of the rootstock using the new tool that will achieve the desired angle.  Then we do the same to the scion.  Now it has the opposite angled cut.    After both parts are cut, we put a clip on the rootstock and slide the scion in so that the two newly cut surfaces will match up. 

After that, we keep the new plant warm and moist. No severe light for a whole day .  After that, we gradually increase the light for a few days.  If all goes well, they will be fully healed and ready to grow after another 10 days. This is an awesome process.  So wish us good luck!

This week here's what we have to offer

Northford Tomato Sauce- $10/jar.  Grown with love and care and full of a taste experience that you'll never find even if you search high and low in the gourmet section of Stop n Shop

Turmeric- $2/oz.  All week, I've been brewing tea with turmeric and am convinced that there are few things on this planet that are half as good as turmeric for everything that might ail you.  If you order turmeric, bring a few extra dollars.  The weight is not exact.  A typical piece weight around $4.  But it could be more

Fingerling Potatoes-  a special again.  I'd love to move them out of here! 10lbs for $25.  Get together with your neighbor, if it feels like too much.  If you order 20/lbs, the price goes down to $45. 

Salad Greens- $6/bag

Spinach - $6/bag

Pak Choi- $3/bunch

Star Light Pickles- with a hint of hot pepper.  Crunchy and alive! $6/one quart jar

Spicy Mustard- $6/bag

The order should be emailed no later than 8AM tomorrow, Friday.  The weather won't be too cold, so look for your order in the shed.  Bring a light if you come after dark.

CSA is open and ready for you.  As I've said before, CSA is the best way to get real and local food at the very best price.  Sign up on the website: starlightghardensct.com

Enjoy the ups and downs of this weather.  It is unpredictable.  As the former Governor of California recently said: "Welcome to the new Abnormal!"

Stay healthy and eat smart,