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So much rain…this can cause problems


This rain is just ridiculous.  Tomato plants like to be dry and  warm and they are not getting any of either for a while it seems.  This causes several problems, but you can help solve them a little and keep your plants healthy until the weather warms up and dries up.

Fungal problems like blight, septoria, and fusarium can kill plants quickly especially if the plants are fairly small.  you should prune any leaves that look like they are yellowing, spotted or turning brown.  This can help to keep things from spreading up the plant.  You will likely need to start some kind of fungicide schedule as well.  Spray your plants as soon as the rain stops and then re-apply after more rains.

Options for spraying run the gamut from organic to nuclear.  Liquid copper is the most commonly used organic spray.  Daconil is not organic, but is pretty mild and works well.  Mancozeb is a zinc based fungicide that works very well.  Make sure you follow the mixing and application directions for whatever product you decide to use.  Diligent spraying and pruning are essential to maintain plant health in this weather.

These heavy rains will likely wash a lot of nutrients out of your soil.  Hopefully you fertilized when you planted and that should help matters.  I would recommend fertilizing again very soon due to the heavy rains…especially if your are in containers.  Tomatotone is a great product and is organic, but a good 13-13-13 wouldn’t be a bad idea to replace what the rains have washed away.

Lets hope things dry out and warm up soon!





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Open sales are over, but plants still available

If you still need plants, need replacement plants, or know of charity gardens needing plants, please e-mail me at to schedule a time to get those gardens filled!

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Soggy Soil…more sale dates


Well this Spring is lovely for growing lettuces, radishes, spinach and the like, but they are calling for a wind chill in the 30’s with low temperatures in the low 40’s tomorrow morning….crazy!  The heavy rains have kept a lot of you out of the gardens and you are wise to stay out of the wet soil.  Working wet soil is a recipe for disaster.  The water logged soil will turn hard as concrete if you walk in it or dig it or try to till it.  Best to wait until things dry out a bit before planting.

Because of this, I am extending my plant sales for another week.  I’ll be open this Saturday from 8-noon and then again on the 18th from 8-noon.  I’ll be available most any time during next week also, just let me know if you want to stop by and we can work out a time to fit your schedule

I still have plenty of plants left and they are looking great!  Out of a few types, but a great selection still!  2019 Greenhouse Flyer Final

My address is 215 East 97th Street, KCMO.



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Spring is here…or is it?


Wow…what a crazy winter!  The past few days have been fabulous though and I’m sure everyone is itching to do some gardening.  My early season crops are growing slowly under their row covers and we’re anxiously awaiting the first salads of the year….soon!

On the tomato and pepper front…good news and bad news.  The good news is my tomato seedlings are all potted up and look fantastic!   I have a record number of varieties and they are all on pace to be super hardy and healthy for planting in early May.  The bad news is with the peppers this year.  I used a new seed starting mix this year and I believe it was infested with fungus gnat eggs.  I did all I could to fight them off in February and March, but they really weakened  a lot of pepper plants and killed quite a few of them.  I will have some pepper plants available, but not quite the selection and not quite the size that I hoped.

I’ve tweaked the list a little bit as I found some varieties of plants I missed initially.  Please use this copy of my list as a reference for your plants this year.

2019 Greenhouse Flyer Final

Plant sales will be the following dates:

My home address is 215 East 97th Street, KCMO

April 19:  5 7 p.m. (plants will likely be small on this date, but if you want some of the rare varieties this is your best date to shop.).

April 20: Not open for sales, but come to the Discovery Center and get some free native plants and trees!

April 21:  8 a.m. to Noon

April 25: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 26:  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 27: 8 a.m. to Noon

May 3:  5 p.m to 7 p.m.

May 4:  8 a.m. to Noon

May 11:  8 a.m. to Noon

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2019 Tomato, Pepper, Eggplant and Herb List


Well winter has to be over soon right?  This snow and ice and cold has been a pain, but spring and summer will get here before you know it!  I’ve been a bit crazy this winter and ordered a LOT of new varieties of tomato and pepper seeds!  This year I have a record 156 types of tomato seeds sown!  Have fun sorting through the list by clicking the link below.  The tomato and peppers are hyperlinked so click on them and learn about each type as you make your list.

Copy of Copy of 2019greenhouseflyer (1).docx


Plant sales will tentatively be the following dates:

My home address is 215 East 97th Street, KCMO

April 19:  5 7 p.m. (plants will likely be small on this date, but if you want some of the rare varieties this is your best date to shop.).

April 20: Not open for sales, but come to the Discovery Center and get some free native plants and trees!

April 21:  8 a.m. to Noon

April 25: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 26:  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 27: 8 a.m. to Noon

May 3:  5 p.m to 7 p.m.

Later dates may be announced




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Totally Tomato Weekend SUCCESS!!!


My head is spinning after 2 radio shows, 2 TV shows, a fantastic dinner at Jasper’s, the Tenth Annual Tomato Tasting and the Second Annual Slow food KC BLT Challenge at The Local Pig, and finally the Bloody Mary/Michelada/Seafood/Tomato brunch at Jarocho Pescados y Mariscos  and the drawing for the Ultimate BLT basket raffle to benefit Slow Food KC! We made it through all the festivities and everyone had a great time!

Friday morning I did a show at KSHB to promote the weekend’s event.

The dinner at Jasper’s was sold out with 52 people in attendance.  We started with heirloom tomato bruschetta, then had arancini stuffed with tomatoes, a superb lobster tomato bisque cappuccino, then a lovely pasta con cucuzza with tomatoes, the fabulous tableside mozzarella theater, a fantastic chicken dish with prosciutto, tomatoes, and cheese, and to top it all off a Bader Peach/Heirloom Tomato cobbler with vanilla gelato!  The service was outstanding, everything was delicious and very filling…we all waddled out of there so satisfied!

(Jasper’s Photos Courtesy of Lisa Waterman Gray, food & travel writer)

Saturday morning we gathered at the Local Pig for the Tenth Annual Tomato Tasting!  We had 58 varieties of tomatoes to sample thanks to so many amazing gardeners bringing in tomatoes from their gardens!  It was tough to count, but we surely had over 200 people visit the tasting tables and the delicious dishes people brought to share.  Sungold and Carbon tied for first in the voting followed by Cherokee Purple, Black Cherry, and The Thong!  It was so good to see so many people enjoying the tastes of summer.  It was especially nice to see our great friends we have made through the world of tomatoes!  Thank you to all who have supported this event for a decade!


The Slow Food KC BLT Challenge followed the tasting.  We had a panel of 5 judges, and 8 contestants.  The BLT entrees were all so creative and beautiful, but three rose to the top in the judging.  The winner was Ed Maurin aka “Fast Eddie”, second place went to Brett Atkinson from “Wilma’s Real Good Food”, and third place went to the lovely Jennifer Nugent!

Jarocho in KCK was packed full for the Sunday morning brunch!  So many delicious seafood items including whole fried pompano, cucaracha shrimp, raw oysters, ceviche, and many others.  Chef Carlos created a BST…bacon, shrimp, and tomato sandwich for diners to enjoy.  the “crack” fries were stupid good and the bloody mary’s and micheladas were so refreshing!

When we were all stuffed full of all that seafood, we had the drawing for the winner of the Ultimate BLT Basket.  This was a fundraiser for Slow Food KC and all items were donated by local establishments and individuals.  Thank you so much to Jasper’s Ristorante, The Local Pig, The Tasteful Olive, Paradise Meats, Rieger Distillery, Karen Adler, Chad Tillman, and all the awesome Slow Food volunteers that made this a success.  The grand prize winner was the oyster queen of Kansas City…Carol Crane!!!

We’re already planning for a bigger and better Totally Tomato Weekend next year!  Mark your calendars for the first weekend in August and stay tuned!

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10th annual Tomato Tasting and the 2018 BLT Challenge


Summer is here with a vengeance and the tomato plants are doing fairly well considering the crazy weather.  We had good fruit set in late May and early June, but fruit isn’t setting much now due to the high temperatures.  No matter the weather, we’ll have some great varieties to sample at the TENTH ANNUAL TOMATO TASTING at the Local Pig!  It’s hard to believe we’ve been doing this for a decade now!  Wow!

The event is free of charge and open to the public as always.  We’ll start at 9 a.m. on August 4th at the Local Pig.  All I ask of those who attend is to bring labeled varieties of tomatoes for people to sample, and/or delicious tomato related goodies for people to share.  We’ve had some amazing dishes at this popular potluck each year and I’m looking forward to more deliciousness again this year!  It’s not required, but you can RSVP at the Facebook page here.


We will again be having a “BLT Challenge” at 1:00 pm. on August 4th at the Local Pig.  The primary purpose of this event is to raise funds for Slow Food KC‘s charitable efforts to promote local charity and educational gardens and other projects that promote local growers and chefs.  Adults can participate in three different ways this year; as a competitor, as a judge, or as a BLT connoisseur at the new BLT sampling station.

The costs for these events will be $10 to enter the competition, $25 to judge the competition, or $10 to get 4 samples at the BLT sampling station.  There will be a maximum limit of 24 competitors and 24 judges.  The number of sampling station tickets will depend on the number of entries received.

For information on how to be a judge/and or competitor, please open the following page:

2018 BLT Challenge Official Rules and Information 

I look forward to seeing you all on August 4th!





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