Creole Tomato


Creole Tomato

I have been having a time getting these little seedlings to grow.  Started them inside but they kept wilting away.  My daughter said perhaps the moisture in the house was to much for them so took them outside to keep the moisture down and even.  Seems to be working at least on this pot.  They are starting their second leaves now.

Screenshot_18Creole tomato myths vs. facts: There is not just one type of ‘Creole’. Creole tomatoes are not a particular cultivar. When farmers in Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes called their tomatoes Creole, it meant they were grown in the rich alluvial soil of the area and vine ripened because they did not have to be transported far to market.
Creole tomato myths vs. facts: There is not just one ,


Blood Orange Tree on The Bud

It has been a very usually cold winter here in Alexandria and I had to bring my potted citrus trees inside to keep them from freezing so I was surprised when I discovered that the blood orange tree is full of buds.  I would have thought that moving them back and forth would have set it off from blooming.  The blooms are very small and not near ready to open so I hope not to have to move it as orange trees can lose blooms with sudden weather changes.

Now I have mentioned before that the blood orange gives fruit only once every three years and the last time it bloomed I was only rewarded it with one large and very flavorful orange.  It is a small tree and not very old so maybe this will be the year of more fruit?  Keep your fingers crossed.


Creole Tomatoes

My first year of planting to the Farmers Alamac has not been a success much to my disappointment
but the weather has been very cold at least 50 degrees lower then what is common in CentralLouisiana even New Orleans, way down at the southern most point of the state, had ice covering cars, streets and hindering operations as they know it.
But I will try again and have purchased some new tomatoe seeds to start for planting in March or hopefully the last week of February. I am trying another type of tomatoe called Creole,Bonnie plants  and I am hopeing this tomatoe will do as well if not better then the Flordia 91, Bonnie plants .
I bought my seeds from Petrus Feed store, about a half mile down the road from me. I love the people and it is nice to have a place you can buy seeds in bulk. Got about 300 seeds for a dollar. If I get it right you can grow tomatoes twice a year here in Central Louisiana.
So am excited about this years of planting.





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Time of The Tomato

Saturday I received an email from Old Farmers Alamac telling me it is now time to plant the second set of large tomatoes.  I had mention here a few back how I had signed up for a gardening calendar and email alerts when to plant as I grew up in the upper regions of the states and am so used to growing plants under different climate.  I could not grow things well here at al.

I am proud to say it is getting better now that I can consult my gardening calendar.  Anyway, finding the tomatoes was a challenge because yes no on sales them except for garden specific stores.  So I called Petrus today which is a feed and seed store and was relieved that they had some.

I went up and bought myself two Florida 91 tomatoes.  I grew this tomato last year and was very impressed by it.  Really stands up to the heat.  The link I am sending is from Bonnie and as some good information on this tomato.

Now it is time for the tomato.


How Fast a Tree Grows


At the beginning of spring I showed a photo of this seedling which I was supposing was that of a cherry pit I had started in the area.  At the time of the first photo this seeding was about 6 inches tall now it is about 2 and 1/2 feet tall.  I am amazed at how fast seedling trees grow.

I am not so sure it is a cherry tree as the leaves look so similar to the mulberry trees I purchased from a nursery but I am going to leave it in place and keep an eye on it to see how it  does.  I would so love for it to be a cherry tree.



The Tomato Worm

I went out to the garden to find I had tomato worms.  At first glance I was excited thinking they were Monarch caterpillars as the tomato worm is actually very nice looking worm.  I gathered what I found of them as well they had eaten quiet a bit of the plant they were on already.  The thing about them is they are not the least bit  worried about you standing there, the nerve of them.

Now I have to think about what to do as I really don’t want to put out anything to kill them as I might do damage to the eco system I am trying to develop in my garden and yard as a whole.  Anyway, I went looking them up on the net and here is some tips I got for those of us like me that think being a good manager of our world around us is the first best step in helping keep the world a better place.

Screenshot_8Tomato hornworms    I learned this year that the hornworms are in the soil at the being of the season so by tilling several times before planting will greatly reduce and control the pest.  I have lots of wasp in my garden but I guess not the ones that prey on these little worms.

Here is some tips for getting rid of these from the Almanac  I got the photo to show you what they look like from this link as well take a look.



We Grow Wild

I love the comments that are coming in and think it is one of the best functions of the blogging society.  I am trying to develop my skills at adding comments as to do so for a blog is different then anywhere else.  So when a friend of mine yesterday reminded me of the work to maintain black and raspberries in your garden I decided to start looking up some information on how to do this.

I ran across a site that gave a great deal of help in a short amount of words which really  helped me check it out .  I found out that blackberries only give berries on stalks that are 2 years old so once they bear fruit on a branch that branch can be cut to the ground during pruning

Raspberries can be cared for the same way as blackberries with the tipping and the pruning of old canes.  Here is a good link from the National Arbor Day check it out .  And wikihow has not only information but nice illustrations on how to pick a plant, location to plant, etc… go see .

So thank you my friend for reminding of my blackberries as we will grow wild, we blackberry bushes.