Tomato Lady

Hi everyone!

Sorry for the “lack of writing” this week.  My allergies have been acting up terribly (migraines and such) and I’ve been less than “perky” feeling.  Top that off with a bunch of busy work (eh hem… not our transformation project) and internet issues… well, you get my drift. With that said…

It’s official… our September projects have now become our October projects.  I was really looking forward to having my kitchen and pool demo moving along nicely this month, but life had other plans.  It happens.

Hubby did manage to get out this past Sunday for a few minutes to address the beast weeds popping up in and around my Blenheim Apricot’s watering basin and I was able to sort through a few boxes.  Nothing exciting, really.

Last Friday I did have a very nice conversation on the phone with an experienced master gardener here on the north end of town. Her name is Leslie Doyle, or as she fondly refers to herself as… “the Tomato Lady”.  Leslie has been growing fruits and veggies here in Las Vegas for several years and regularly tests different varieties of veggies, fruits and flowers on her 1/2 acre property as part of Organic Gardening Magazine’s regional test garden team.

This is Leslie Doyle holding one of her famous crops of tomatoes. In addition to her wonderful garden, she has a Meyer Lemon tree that’s to die for!  The tree is about 18 years old and performs beautifully here.

Over the past few months, I’ve been following her updates on a test she’s been doing with a couple of corn varieties (Mirai 131Y and Mirai 350bc).  Her last “corn” update prompted me to contact her.  Very nice lady, I was happy I was able to talk directly with her on the subject.  There’s nothing better than getting your information direct from the source 🙂

Here is her recommendation:  plant corn in a raised bed no smaller than 6 feet x 6 feet (square or round – she mentioned that the shape and size really do matter). Plant the corn between 8″ to 12″ apart (no less) and plant out in the open in full sun (in an area that will receive good air flow and will be protected from high winds).  If the seeds will be planted directly in the soil, she recommended that this be done when the temps are above 60 °F (the seeds will rot) – she prefers to start her seeds indoors than transplant the small plants into the garden.  Taste preference… the Mirai 131Y.  She noted that this corn was “noticeably” better.

In addition to responding to questions via e-mail and by phone, Leslie also holds regular gardening workshops at her house. Hubby and I attended one of her January workshops a couple of years back where she spoke on a number of fruit tree topics which included a hands-on demonstration of pruning; performed by a local horticulturist. Since she is so popular with the locals, we arrived early to ensure a good parking spot.  Even with our early arrival we still had a bit of a hike to get to her house.

What are you growing this fall? Let me know by leaving me a comment 🙂

We’ll chat later… and thank you for being so understanding about my lack of writing this week.

God Bless,

April

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