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Tomato Surgery? Yes, your farmers do this.

Posted 4/6/2018 1:44pm by John and Aimee Good.

Tomato Surgery Time

Yes, we got out our razor blades and grafting clips, and proceeded to attempt to join two tomato plants into one: grafting.  Grafting has been used in orchards for a very long time. It has become more common in vegetable production in recent years.

The idea here is to graft a delicious fruiting variety onto a very hardy,  disease-resistant rootstock. The rootstock is a wild-type tomato, selected for it's vigor. Grafting the tomato plants that we will plant into the high tunnel allows for an early and long harvest of excellent tomatoes, with strong, healthy, disease-resistant plants.

In this photo you can see where we have just complete the side-graft cuts and the plants are clipped together while they heal. If you look at the plant in the middle, you can see the exact spot of the "join". We make precisely matching cuts, on about a 70 degree angle, downward in the rootstock and upwards in the scion, to "lock" the stems together. I was quite proud of this one! It held together before I even clipped it!

After surgery, the plants are placed in a healing chamber, protected from sunlight and wind, for 3 days. We mist them daily to keep the humidity high.  We will remove them from the healing chamber on the 4th night. Then we make a weaning cut, to partially sever the scion (top) from it's root. We add a bamboo stake to support the plant at this time. After a few days we then cut the scion from it's root completely.  By this time, the scion should have grown to connect completely to the rootstock for it's nutrient source.

At first I am  always nervous when we get the razors out and start to cut up our precious tomato plants we have been growing since February!  But after a while I really begin to enjoy the precision and technique of being a plant surgeon. Witnessing the ability of the plants to grow and thrive through the grafting process makes me realize the great resiliency of plants. They really do want to grow!

And we want to grow them for you! Looking forward to the start of the CSA season in June, we only have about 30 shares left. If you are not a member now, you can sign up today! Already a member? THANK YOU! Feel free to help spread the word. Earth Day is approaching, and joining a local, organic farm is a great way to be kind to the planet, and yourself!

 

Your farmers,

John and Aimee Good

The Good Farm

www.goodfarmcsa.com

8112 Church Road

Germansville PA 18053

484-262-0675

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The Good Farm is a certified organic farm raising vegetables, berries, flowers, and herbs for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and farmer's market. Farmers John and Aimee Good specialize in providing the best quality and most flavorful varieties of the vegetables you love to eat- the staples! We have happy members - over 70% return every year!

 

Many customers say they eat healthier, feel better, learn to cook new things, save money, and even lose weight by joining the farm. We are all connected to farming, as we are all eaters. Experience seasonal eating. Support a type of farm that you can believe in; the kind you imagined as a child; where people pick the produce by hand, the soils are thriving, and the fields are full of life. Become a CSA member or visit The Good Farm at the Trexlertown Farmer's Market. Because "it's all GOOD!"

 

"Eating is an agricultural act" - Wendell Berry

8112 Church Rd.
Germansville, PA 18053
484-262-0675
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