here is a pic of an ole boy's place in gassville. he plants about 1200 a season!
What does he do with all of those plants? Sell them? I can't imagine anyone growing that many Tomato plants, unless he is a a commercial grower and has a ready source of labor.
I knew a guy that once rented a city lot behind what was once an old livery stable and planted about 100 plants. He went over behind the levee (Miss. River) and cut Willows to stake them. He started out selling the Tomatoes at 50Â¢ bu., then 25Â¢ bu., and finally giving them away, to keep them from falling on the ground. They is no telling how many tons of Tomatoes those 100 or so plants produced.
By the end of the season, he also had a thriving Willow grove, as every one of his stakes developed roots and became a Willow tree! :
rb- i just happened to stop by his place last summer. it is right on 412/62 going into gassville. when i saw all the plants in his garden i just had to stop. tomato people ain't too smart [me]. he was hawking plants and tomatoes and many other things. he plants mainly arkansas traveler and saves his own seeds. in his heated hoop house there have been approx. 12,000 seeds planted.
well the guy with the willow trees was probably pretty sharp. goodwill with give away tomatoes and a willow tree orchard to boot. willow tree makes a good rooting hormone also!
That's just nuts! Now I'll pay more attention when driving through...I'm going to have to stop and maybe purchase a few plants.
The bark of many species of Willow (and Popular) trees contain a chemical, Salicin, which the human body metabolizes into salicylic acid and has been used for 2500 years as a pain suppressant. Was used in the development of the modern day Aspirin in the late 1800's, by Bayer of Germany.
You can extract it by placing shredded bark in boiling water to make Willow tea. Works as well as Aspirin, if you can tolerate the bitter taste!
Love this post. Those tomato farmers might make a killing this year with the price of groceries.Oh gee!! to be able to buy tomatoes for 50 cents a bushel. I could can them and squirrel them away.
rb is right about the willow asprin tea and rooting tea. I've done the rooting thing but not the asprin thing.
Had to add a note. I was watching something on the History chanel yesterday when a commercial comes on advertizing tomato tree plants 6 for $10.00. Maybe i should plant some more tomatoes.