Want a ripe Tomatoes during the month of July?
The following is a message for anyone who wants extra fresh good tasting organic salads all summer, but does not have either the time, energy, money or space to maintain a garden.
We will be holding a TomatoBarrel Workshop Wednesday March 25 1-3 pm at the Sustainable Living Center of Oregon in Lincoln City.
Tomatoes for the salads can be grown in a TomatoBarrels©. It is portable and uses the heat storing capacity of its 30 gallon water reservoir to keep the tomato plants’ feet warm. This enables a faster and longer growing season and a minimal need for watering. You can expect ripe salad tomatoes during the month of July.
Tomato production is always late on the Oregon Coast because of the large amount of cold Oregon rain; the Coast’s ground is cold until usually June or early July. With a TomatoBarrel© you can start planting as soon as you build your barrel.
The barrels are mobile and can sit anywhere – on a deck, in a yard, on a sidewalk – they can be easily located in the sunniest area throughout the season. Since they are not in contact with the ground and they have 30 gallons of water stored in the bottom they stay warmer. They also only need to have water replenished about once a week.
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To grow the Salad Greens a Lettuce Tub© is used. It will be introduced and demonstrated first the time during the Earth Day Celebration 11 am – l pm Saturday April 18 at the Lincoln Culture Center, 540 NW U.S. 101, in Lincoln City, OR 97367.
It is a new technique not seen on the Coast that allows you to grow salads greens hydroponically without electricity, pumps, or wicks of any kind.
This new technique is very simple. Fill the Lettuce Tub© full of nutrient rich water and cover with the lid. Place the salad plants, (up to nine (9)) Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Chard, Parsley, Kale, etc. in the net pots. The seedling gets water from the Tub, and will send out longer and longer root as the level goes down.
An air gap is created between the surface of the water and the bottom of the lid. In this gap, the plants send out smaller horizontal roots to absorb oxygen, called “air roots”
You can expect salads greens in 4-5 weeks after you put the plants in the Tub.
Steps to Use a Lettuce Tub
Acquire your Salad Plants
Transplant the Plants
Fill the tub with Nutrients
Forget about it.
Harvest it in 4-5 weeks
Food production on the cool Oregon Coast is different from food production in hot humid Iowa. At the Center, we experiment with Permaculture techniques and technology to use existing material to solve our food production challenges of the coast. In addition, we strive to find low cost solutions and that anyone could build. We give free Workshops to share our knowledge.
Once you understand our basic sustainable principles, it’s probably the easiest and least expensive method you could ever use to grow fresh organic salads.
Wednesday March 25 1pm – 3pm – Hands on Demonstration – no tools required – Registration required
Sunday March 29 1pm – Build your own TomatoBarrel© – must bring an electric drill and have participated in a Hands on Demonstration. (All previous TomatoBarrel© owners are invited for free Version 4.0 upgrade their TomatoBarrel. Call 541-921-7007 for details)
Lettuce Tubs© Workshops
None will be scheduled until after the demonstration at the Earth Day Celebration 11 am – l pm Saturday April 18 at the Lincoln Culture Center. Workshops will be scheduled throughout the rest of the year.
All workshops are held at the Sustainable Living Center, which is just south of Roby’s and next to ProBuilders on the same side of the Hwy 101 and across Highway101 from Street Car Village.
Workshops scheduled during business hours
For Workshops scheduled during business hours, parking is very limited at the Center, with only room for 3 – 4 vehicles. Do not park at ProBuilders, Robys or Street Car Village. If the workshop is scheduled during business hours of ProBuilders and Robys, that limits the number that may attend, unless you park on SW 63th Street, a block away, and walk.
Workshops scheduled after business hours
If a workshop is held after the normal business hours when ProBuilders and Robys are closed, then their parking lot can be utilized and a larger number of participants can be accommodated. Do not ever park at Street Car Village.
Again, there is no cost or obligation for any of our workshops.
Email: Workshop@SustainableLivingProducts.org -or call 541-921-7007 to register for Free TomatoBarrel© Workshops.