Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Days of the Un-deadly Nightshade

Alas, and a lack of tomato starts! This event has been canceled--the Tomatomania! folks are under the weather, so they couldn't make it. It's still completely worth having lunch at Goodland, though.

The weather might not be shouting summer but your garden can, particularly if you get to Tomatomania! (tomatomania.com), which will be visiting Goodland Kitchen (231 Magnolia Ave., 845-4300, goodlandkitchen.com) this week.

In the past you had to drive to the San Fernando Valley or beyond to take part in Tomatomania!, which is billed as “the world’s largest (and most fun) heirloom tomato seedling sale.” Whether you’re searching for a Green Zebra or a Cherokee Purple, for a Caspian Pink or a Kentucky Beefsteak, the event and its classes, sales, and tastings will help insure you’ll have a tomato-ful summer.

Scott Daigre, owner of Powerplant Garden Design based in Ojai, runs Tomatomania! and offers wonderful tips, such as: “Water every 3 or 4 days for the first few weeks. Watch your seedlings and give them only what they need. Once tomatoes start growing, water deeply and infrequently. As tomatoes grow, the plant will inevitably yellow in places… more water won’t fix that. Avoid watering too much. Too much water dilutes taste.”

“Amateur gardeners, professional farmers, and everyone in between will want to come see the hundreds of heirloom seedlings for sale,” said Melissa Gomez, co-owner of Goodland Kitchen. “Bring friends and stay for lunch.”

Tomatomania! sets its roots at Goodland Kitchen this Tuesday through Thursday, April 24 – 26, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. The event itself is free, but the seedlings are for purchase.

(Also posted at the Independent.)

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