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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

'Kartoshnaya' (Potato) Tomato

This is pretty cool. My baba Zarikoff gave my mom a slew of her tomato seeds about 15 years ago, which she promptly placed in the freezer. Last year, my mom re-discovered them. Lucky for us, they are still viable! Most (if not all) are apparently heritage seeds brought from Russia when my great-grandparents made the trip over; orange, 'yellow flower', 'Russian' red, and my favorite, at least right now, the 'Kartoshnaya', or 'Potato' tomato (a pic of the spouts are above). This one gets its name from the fact that the leaves apparently look exactly like a potato plant, and causes some discomfort for the uninitiated (seeing a red berry on a potato plant brings back the idea of the original 'deadly Nightshade' plant to some, apparently). Sounds perfect for the community garden :) .

Monday, April 21, 2008

Plot 12 at SFU

Ah, cleared land is so much easier to prep. This is the first year in three years that we haven't had a brand-new, untended plot to remove the grasses from at SFU. We had most of it turned and prepped in only 2 hours this last weekend. It was so nice to see that some of the lettuces in the cloche survived the SFU winter: around 8-10 made it. You can see in the picture above that they've perked up nicely. Hopefully we'll get a few salads from them before they bolt in late Spring. In the picture, you can also see our kale in the back, and our few token garlic and shallots (I planted the majority down at Strathcona before we decided to abandon that plot... recap: Emillie is pregnant, so growing priorities are rethought :) )