Saturday, May 26, 2012

Home Grown Tomatoes in Alaska


Zack and Zane showing off their 2012 produce.
How to enjoy beautiful, fresh tomatoes in Palmer, Alaska. There was a time when I managed a 3,300 square foot hydroponic tomato greenhouse in Southern Arizona. 1,000 plants producing 125 giant tomatoes everyday year-round. While in Northern Arizona I grew the best outdoor tomatoes, filled with flavor and an acidic pH that would make you weep. I have been in Alaska for 16 years and have not yet learned to grow a tomato that comes close to the tomatoes from my past. 
Zane very proud of those jewels.
So how do I do it? 
It all starts with having 2 nephews who live in Arizona and love to grow tomatoes. I trade fresh halibut and smoked salmon for their fresh tomatoes grown by Zack and Zane Langenbach.


5 comments:

  1. you are so funny, now what do I have to trade for some halibut

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  2. Uncle Mike, I remember going through the great big greenhouses when we were little and used to visit you guys (at least they were great big in my memory). Did you also grow some kind of hybrid groundcovers to try out at Grandma's - I was thinking about that the other day... could sure use some alternatives in the desert :) Love you!
    p.s. - the boys loved seeing their pics in your blog!

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    1. Your memory is very good. The variety was "floridel" and the tomatoes were giant. We later grew hybrid seedless and burpless cucumbers. They were delicious but we were a little ahead of our time (almost 40 years ago) and could not sell or even give them away. We feed them to the cattle. I now pay $3.50 each for them at the local grocery store. Give everyone my love and happy milking!

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  3. you should try straw bale gardening! No weeds, raised beds with no bending over and best yet, you treat the bales to grow how you want www.stawbalegardening.com

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    1. Thanks, I had not seen this before...it looks very interesting. Have you tried it?

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