February 22nd, 2011

All-Winter Calendulas

bill_tnThe ‘Strawberry Blonde’ calendula we trialed this past year was transplanted on some row ends and in between some of my tomato varieties. I picked tomatoes into November and some of the beds (and trellis) haven’t been worked up. Pretty much all of the calendulas have trucked right through the winter, flowering periodically with absolutely no care. I may even try to avoid some of them when I finally plow up in the spring.

And while I’m on the subject of flowers… which I seldom am… I just finished reading Mike Madison’s “Blithe Tomato” (he’s a flower grower). Great collection of essays! Mostly about farmers’ market-type folks on both sides of the table. Serious at times, but laugh-out-loud funny also.  —Bill Nunes, Gustine, California

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