FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you sell seeds?

A: No, we do not at this time - Please check out this exhaustive list of fine companies that do.

Q: Do you SHIP plants?

 A: YES! More information can be read here.

Q: When do you start selling plants and for how long?

A: Each year is different - early to mid-May is the rule of thumb, though. I begin releasing plants using a combination of very un-techincal parameters: my gut instinct, the trees (phenology) and the good old-fashioned weather forecast. Basically, because my primary crops are heat-loving, night time temperatures need to be consistently above 50°F for them to be safely planted outside. My goal is for your plants to thrive - not survive. Heat loving plants that are subjected to low temperatures at the onset, will never completely recover and perform as they should.

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Q: I placed an order online. When can I pick it up?

A: As soon as I open for the season. I try to email everyone who has placed an order, but this doesn't always happen. Please don't wait to hear from me to come and pick up your plants.

Q: Are you Certified Organic?

A: No. I have been in contact with the USDA to get certified. I am not sure when or if I will actually begin the process. This being said, all components of my growing processes from seed to soil to fertilizers are OMRI listed and inline with the USDA Organic Standards. I NEVER use any type of herbicide or pesticide on the plants.

Q: Do you guarantee your plants?

A: I guarantee the plants to be free from pest and disease when you pick them up. If you begin having troubles, please contact me and together we will try to remedy the situation.

Q: What happens if I order something and it turns out to be off-type?

A: While I take extreme measures to ensure that plants are properly marked, accidents can happen. Last year I had a small child pull the tags out of three trays of plants while I was chatting with his mother. The result? I ended up composting all three trays! Adults can also unknowingly pull a tag to read it and put it back in the wrong pot.

This, however, brings up a more important subject. I do not bag blossoms or isolate varieties. Therefore, plants from seed that I have collected could end up cross-pollinated. It is estimated that this can happen between 2-5% of the time. This type of cross is commonly referred to as a 'God cross' or a 'Bee cross'. Suffice it to say that it is very uncommon for this to occur. Additionally, I use wider than normal spacing between my plants and rows. This further reduces the chance of cross-pollination.

If however you do end up with a variety that is not what you ordered, please contact me so that I can make it right by you! In the couple of instances that this has happened, the customer loved the fruit so much that they wouldn't allow me to replace the plant. But, I still would really appreciate knowing!

Q: Which is the best tasting tomato you have?

A: I get this question a lot. And the answer is that my answer isn't your answer! As many of you know who have visited the greenhouse in the spring, I grow anywhere between 200 and 500 tomato plants a year. Most of them are 'new-to-me' varieties. I do this for several reasons: to make sure that the seed is true to type, to see how that pariticular variety performs here in Michigan, and lastly to evaluate for flavor.

Again, my taste preference is not going to match yours. How then do I chose which varieties make the catalog?

Over the course of the summer, I have a litany of hardcore tomato lovers that follow me through the garden and greenhouse and sample tomatoes.

Parameters are simple - no salt and the first reaction needs to be "WOW!".

It's not difficult to figure out from there.