Fruit, Seeds, Vegetable

Mortgage Lifter Tomato

Part of the fun of growing heirlooms is learning their backstories. Often their names offer blatant clues, such as the popular Mortgage Lifter Tomato. This robust variety produces pink hued offerings in the one pound range, with a sweet, rich flavour. It not only tastes rich, it made its creator, M.C. Byles of Logan, West… Continue reading Mortgage Lifter Tomato

Did You Know, Fruit, Vegetable

Why Tomatoes Only Killed The Rich

Before tomatoes became the most popular vegetable (though technically a fruit) in the world, they had to overcome a deadly reputation. Tomatoes are thought to have originated in the Americas back in 700 AD. By the 16th century they had found their way to Europe where they were met with mixed reviews. The red fruit… Continue reading Why Tomatoes Only Killed The Rich

Fruit, Garden Formulas, Harvest, Self Sufficiency, Vegetable

How Much Land Does a Gardener Need?

More! Is the answer most gardeners would likely give. But how much land do you really need? If your goal is simply to connect with plants the answer might be zero. A few potted houseplants could give you all the gardening time you need or an intensive indoor hydroponics system might provide a significant amount… Continue reading How Much Land Does a Gardener Need?

Fruit

Weird Shaped Tomatoes? Here’s Why.

Heirloom tomatoes seem to be synonymous with cracks and crevices and ridiculous sizes. The reason? Conjoined blossoms. If you look closely at your tomato plants you may notice a pair or even three or four blossoms fused together. If left to grow they will result in conjoined fruit, which gives them the massive size and… Continue reading Weird Shaped Tomatoes? Here’s Why.

Fruit, Harvest, Vegetable

The Most Popular Fruit in the World

What is the most popular fruit in the world? The tomato. While many people think of tomatoes as vegetables, they are botanically classified as a fruit. Whether you say fruit or vegetable, tomato or tom-ah-toe, we can all agree that humans the world over love their tomatoes raw or in sauces, salsas or simply as… Continue reading The Most Popular Fruit in the World

Fruit, Harvest

How to Freeze Berries

Spread clean, dry, whole berries on a cookie sheet and set in the freezer. An hour later transfer the frozen berries into a lidded freezer container. This ensures the berries freeze individually instead of clumping together into one big mass. Now it is easy to scoop a few frozen berries out of the container for using… Continue reading How to Freeze Berries

Fruit, Harvest, Vegetable

How to Freeze Rhubarb

Freezing rhubarb is a complicated, intensive and laborious process...NOT! To freeze rhubarb you simply freeze it. It really is that easy. Cut the stalks into one inch pieces and pop into a freezer bag. That's it. No fuss, no muss, no cooking, no steaming...just raw rhubarb chopped, bagged and frozen. Tip - Washed rhubarb stalks should be… Continue reading How to Freeze Rhubarb

Fruit, Garden Helpers, Trees

Guerrilla Grafting

A lot of people are familiar with Guerrilla Gardening. The act of planting an unsightly lot or space with beautiful plants without permission from the city or owner. It's been growing on for decades. Guerilla grafting, on the other hand, is something fairly new. The idea took root in San Francisco where city planners had lined the streets… Continue reading Guerrilla Grafting