Farm Update| Tomato Seed Saving Tips | Aphid IPM | Parking Lot

Saving tomato seeds from the Roma and Grape tomatoes from our aquaponics system! Seeds that we save from our farm can be purchased online at our square marketplace.

HINT: Don’t use a flat paper towel, like Viva. The seeds will not come off. Use a textured paper towel or a dish cloth for easier removal. Or ferment your seeds in a jar of water for a few days and rinse, then dry. Make sure they are completely dry before storing and use a food grade desiccant. 

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Cuttings for propagation from the leftover tomatoes from October’s grafting class.

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Ugh….Aphids in the cilantro!  For small infestations like ours, simply spraying the plants thoroughly with a strong water jet would sufficient protection. But we are going to make today removal day before they spread to other crops in the greenhouse. Other integrated pest management options would include  predatory ladybirdshoverfly larvae, parasitic waspsaphid midge larvaecrab spiderslacewings and entomopathogenic fungi like Lecanicillium lecanii and the Entomophthorales.

Or neem oil would be another option. Neem is a key ingredient in non-pesticidal management (NPM), providing a natural alternative to synthetic pesticides. Neem seeds are ground into a powder that is soaked overnight in water and sprayed onto the crop. To be effective, it is necessary to apply repeatedly, at least every ten days. Neem does not directly kill insects on the crop. It acts as an anti-feedant, repellent, and egg-laying deterrent, protecting the crop from damage. The insects starve and die within a few days. Neem also suppresses the hatching of pest insects from their eggs. 

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Parking Lot is being demarcated with some recycled electrical poles and recycled dock pilings with caps!

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This week the last of the micro green system is the 150 gallon tank and the automatic timer….installed!  Time to start seeding!

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