Saltspring Seeds is one of my favourite local sources for vegetable seeds, so when I heard about their Zero Mile Diet seed kit, I was immediately intrigued. What would go into a Zero Mile Diet seed kit? What would I want to grow if I were aiming to provide the bulk of my produce? I […]
Veggies & Edibles
Garden Tour: Willi and Jon’s urban homestead
The Basics Names of gardeners: Willi and Jon Galloway URL: www.digginfood.com Location: Seattle, Washington (USA) Size: Not big enough! About 200 square feet. Orientation: South Zone: 8b Years gardened: Installed in April 2008. The Details Style: Geometric raised beds. Inspiration: The garden my mom kept when I was growing up. She grew an astonishing amount […]
Garden Tour: Marcelle’s bountiful balcony
The Basics Gardener: Marcelle Stone Location: Spokane, WA, United States Size: Edges of an 8 foot-by-12-foot balcony (tried to keep the weight over support posts) Orientation: West-ish Zone: 5b Years gardened: Three Style: Let’s see what we can grow in a pot. The Details Inspiration: British window boxes Favourite element: End-of-summer overgrowth Favourite plants: Herbs: […]
And the winner is…
Laurel and her Green Tomato Jam! Laurel wins a copy of Mimi Luebbermann’s Heirloom Tomato Cookbook. Thanks to everyone who entered the Tomato Recipe Challenge. There were some fabulous recipes and I enjoyed making – and eating – them all. The Green Tomato Jam wins for a few reasons: it’s super easy to make; it’s […]
Reminder: send me your tomato recipes!
Just a reminder that you have until tomorrow midnight to enter the tomato recipe challenge and win a fabulous cookbook!
Tomato Chowder recipe (Plus a contest and a challenge to readers)
Once you’ve harvested all your tomatoes, what do you do with them? Besides eating them sliced with a pinch of Maldon salt, one of my favourite recipes comes from my Nan. You’ll find the recipe below. But I can only make so many batches of this soup; I need some variety! Here’s my challenge to […]
How to ripen green tomatoes
Ready or not! Here I come… The rain started today, signalling the end of what was a beautiful stretch of sunny days. Figuring that my tomatoes had probably seen the last of the warmth, I harvested the lot of them. Did you know that placing a ripe banana in a paper bag with your green […]
Mealybugs making a meal of my mint
Mint is supposed to be one of those indestructible plants. Google “growing mint” and you’re met with cheers (or jeers, as the case may be) such as “a cinch to grow!”, “perfect for beginners” and “so strong it can be invasive.” So why does mine look like it’s on its deathbed? Its bottom leaves are […]