How To Raise the first Acre of the Best Tasting Tomatoes in the Midwest
(An Uncle Ben Shortcut) To measure out
1000 seeds from a 4000 seed bag, pour all in a glass rain gauge and remove 3/4 of
4000 seeds = 5″
1000 seeds = 1 1/4″ (approx.)
Tom is sowing 1000 Red Duce Tomato Seeds in a 10″ x 20″ tray on Jan. 28th.
Set Seed Bed with water.
Then cover with vermiculite (an inexpensive lite loose
substance to prevent crusting).
Placing at 80 degrees
Set Propagation Box at 80 Degree and seeds will start to sprout in approx. 3 days.
Elsie is preparing the First Red Duce Tomato Plants that were sown on Jan. 28th and are now being individually
transplanted in a 36 slot inserts on Feb 20th
approx. 3 weeks later. And will remain in the Greenhouse @ 60 degree night temp. and 80 degree day temp. for approx. 4 to 5 weeks.
In late March they will be removed from the Greenhouse to wagons to harden off during the day and in the barn at night at approx. 35 to 40 degree temp. with constant moving air.
Field Planting & Covering
On April 10th the plants will be planted and Low Tunnel Covered with a product called “Seed Guard” which warms the soil and plant at approx. 15 degrees during the day and 5 degrees at night. This will protect the plants from the extreme cold, wind, frost and even hail.
Also at this time the Market will open and we will begin to sell this variety and other modern varieties of tomato and vegetable plants. Since we are still 3 weeks early we also sell the special cloth for protection from the elements at a very reasonable price.
We encourage our customers to start their home gardens early and enjoy Fresh Tomatoes in late June rather than Mid-July.
The first acre of approx. 6000, 65 Day Red Duce Tomato Plants should begin ripening around June 20th and with the Grace of God we will harvest approx. 4000-5000 lbs by the 4th of July and up to 60,000 lbs by the 1st of August.
For U-Pick starting dates for this season:
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Directions to Hermans Farm Orchard:
From Florissant: Hwy 270 to Hwy 370 West across the MO River to 94 or 3rd St. Exit. Go Left on Hwy 94, 2 miles. Hermans Farm will be on your left.
From: St. Peters: Hwy 70 East to Hwy 370 East to 94 or 3rd St. Exit. Go Left on Hwy 94, 2 miles. Hermans Farm will be on your left.
Taking Reservations for Field Trips and Birthday Parties for this season which includes an Educational Hayride!
Locally grown produce for the freshest taste.
Hardy, locally grown annuals of all varieties
Blackberries, Peaches, Tomatoes, Apples and Pumpkins also Dig your own Mums
Look around and see what all we have to offer in locally grown fresh produce, hardy flowers, annuals, hanging baskets, herbs, and bedding plants.
Plus we carry a variety of jams, local honey, and in the fall we have pumpkins, hay, corn stalks, Indian corn, gourdes, and hay rides.
From our local produce to educational field trips for preschool age groups and Birthday Parties we offer something for everyone. Our family friendly atmosphere and extensive knowledge of produce and plants will have you coming back again and again.
Tom can show you how to get gardening weeks ahead of time in the spring with some tricks he has learned over the last few decades. Including covering your plants to make sure that they are protected from the weather.
Elsie can have your yard looking gorgeous with her talents for putting together flowering annuals that will work for your yard’s conditions. And bring in your favorite pots and we can put together a flowering arrangement that you will just love. We have a variety of Herbs and Spices that we can put into a planter for all your cooking needs.
In the fall we have many family activities: U-Pick Apples, u-Cut from the vine pumpkins, free hayrides and u choose – we dig mums.