Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Garlic Salts

   This summer I spent more time selling garlic salts and powders along with my tomatoes and peppers and I had real good feed back so I am going to try to sell it year around. The three that I have had the most success with are just a plain Garlic Sea Salt, Garlic Jalapeno Sea Salt and my best seller Garlic Ghost Pepper Sea Salt. At $7 dollars for the Plain and Jalapeno and $10 dollars for the Garlic Ghost pepper its a great deal fresh ground Garlic really makes the difference. Home grown garlic dehydrated then ground fresh mixed with peppers and salt.
  I am still looking at labels and trying to design something I like but I haven't found anything yet. I will probably have to ask a brother of mine that has a lot of talent in that area to come up with something. Well hope to get back to gardening soon and back on the blog like everyone else lots of work to do and little time to do it....later Dusty...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tomato Ripening

    Starting to get some color. Tomatoes are ripening and I love the different colors.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Growth starting on tomatoes...

  Tomatoes are really just getting growing for us at this time of year. As usual in Northeastern Arizona we try to get the tomatoes in as early as we dare, but the tomatoes really don't start growing until the first of July which is when the humidity from the rains from our monsoon storms hit our area of the desert southwest.
  I planted tomato plants over a 5 to 6 week period as work would permit. My tomato plants are at different stages of life right now but that's a good thing I will have a lot of tomatoes ripening at different times.

    The biggest trick at this stag is to feed your tomatoes every two weeks. I feed mine with a mix I get from the our local feed store.  I use a organic tomato feed called Tomato Tone.

 The peppers are just starting to grow. They will look so much better in a couple of weeks.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Preparing Your Soil - Quick tip with Leaves

   Fall comes fast and when it does you end up with all of those leaves. You can either rake them up, dump them, burn them, or you could compost them by layering them in your garden beds; about two to four inches deep. Next, add a little Molasses mixture (1 tablespoon of molasses to 1 gallon of water) with this mix I spray the leaves as well as I can, then I layer on about an inch of steer manure. Keeping this pile moist--not wet--will help for the next few weeks. When it warms up a bit, the leaves will be broken down to a really nice compost.
 What the Molasses mixture does is feed the bacterium even faster to knock out those leaves, then the worms come, and all the other creatures of the soil make it to the party, and in a few short weeks they leave you with a fluffy compost that will grow you the best veggies in the neighborhood! HUGE TOMATOES MONSTER MELONS...The molasses mix is something you should be doing every few weeks in your garden anyways to help feed the soil. Also, for an additional tip add a little rock dust to the mixture really helps.

Friday, August 23, 2013

New Tomatoes This Year

 I try to grow at least fifty plus different variety's of tomatoes every year, last year I grew out over a hundred different variety's this year there is close to seventy some old variety's some crosses I am growing out for friends. Here is a look at some new one's that are coming off the vine at my garden....

This one is a tomato bred by Blane Horton. A wonderful tomato early and my plants are loaded. Very good taste with good size this is my second year growing this tomato the Moosolini f-4....

All three of these tomatoes are from one cross the Variegated Potato leaf x Striped Big Cheef and so far all are wonderfully delicious. This is a cross from Jason Haynes. No names as of yet.

Another cross I am growing out this one is by Chris Kafer this is a f1 Juliet x Green Zebra taste so far not bad tasting it might be a keeper it is better tasting when it is a little riper.

A very nice tomato right here in the ten ounce range the Gary 'OSena Tomato

Not one of the best looking tomatoes that I have picked, I have better looking one's coming on but WOW this is one of the best eating tomatoes I have.  This is the Rebel Yell... A stabilized potato leaf segregation line from a cross of Stump of the World x Bear Claw by Rob Gee stabilized by Blane Horton and Dean Slater. 

An f1 cross Chocolate Cherry x Juliet big acid flavor I like this one also from Chris.

I am holding a Pink Bumble Bee and in the back ground is the Purple Bumble Bee. Bred by Fred Hempel 

This one surprised me it is an f1 cross Sun Gold x Black From Tula I was hoping for a larger tomato and maybe darker color. What I have is a small tomato with big taste I hope they get a bigger next year also from Chris Kafer. 
Well that is it for now I can't wait to see what comes off the vine next...later Dusty....
Brad's Black Heart Tomato

Friday, August 9, 2013

How's the Garden

 The garden is doing well the peppers are behind last year but we planted them a month later than last year. I picked around twenty five pounds of peppers mainly Chimayo Green Chili and Jalapeno's.

      The Tomatoes are doing awesome six to seven feet high on most of the plants and some larger.
   Some really great tomatoes this year here is a new one to the tomato world by Tomato Breeder Jason Haynes.
   One great looking tomato I can't wait for one to ripen.
This one is the Moosolini I grew it last year. Huge crops of great tasting Tomatoes. This one was developed by Blaine Horton This is one I really have had little to no trouble with, it is going to be one I grow every year.
Here is a Brad Gates tomato called Indigo Apple.
Well I am Just waiting for some of these mators to ripen so I can give them a good ole taste Later Dusty...

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Summer Garden and the Monsoon

   With monsoon season upon us in Arizona we have some very strange weather from the very unusual tornado to heavy rains and hail storms which create heavy flooding at times. The good thing is the moisture and the humidity levels going up that is what gets are gardens really going for us.

   What we are hoping for is surviving the storms. lol  Hail storms can reek havoc and have done lots of damage in the past. If our gardens can survive the storms then they will really explode and grow fast. In Arizona the humidity is so very low that our gardens do very little until the monsoon season arrives. The next thing we do is pray our gardens survive and if they do we pray our plants don't catch all the diseases that also comes with the high humidity that we normally do not have.

    Inspecting the garden is very important thing to do. Finding vines to tie up or just making sure the garden is draining properly.

      Leaf damage due to hail. Nothing we can do about it. It will not harm the growth of the cantaloupe that is growing here.

    We grow about seventy variety's of tomatoes this is our giant tomato. Dusty River Giant - last year we had a three pound tomato out of this variety and we are hoping for a larger one this year.

     We were lucky so far and I hope our luck continues.  The tomato plants are six foot tall and still growing strong looks like it could be a super year for our garden. later Dusty....