Top 10 Lists, Vegetable

Ten Methods for Dealing With Cabbage Worms

Some people think cabbage moths are butterflies and they’re sexy. They’re not sexy. They’re assholes.”Ron Finley Cabbage moths are kind of pretty...unfortunately they're pretty destructive too! When you see them fluttering around your brassicas (cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi and others) it can send you into a flap. I love wildlife--including insects--but I don't like… Continue reading Ten Methods for Dealing With Cabbage Worms

Community Gardens, Seeds, Self Sufficiency, Vegetable

Growing Your Own Groceries? Consider These Top Five Produce Picks.

1 – Herbs Herbs take the number one spot hands down. No other category of plants give such a huge return for such little space. You don't even need a garden. You can successfully grow herbs in a few pots parked on a windowsill. A pot of herbs sell for the same price as a… Continue reading Growing Your Own Groceries? Consider These Top Five Produce Picks.

Heirlooms, Seeds, Vegetable

A Near Tragic Tale of The Crimson Broad Bean

The story of the Crimson Flowered Broad Bean has everything Hollywood could hope for; a gorgeous protagonist, passion, disaster and a hero rushing in to save the day at the last possible second. The titillating tale begins with the first mention of the bean’s cultivation in 1778. For almost two centuries gardeners enjoyed its presence… Continue reading A Near Tragic Tale of The Crimson Broad Bean

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

Harvest, Vegetable

Do You Really Need to Thin Carrots?

Yes, yes you do! Many well-meaning folks will tell you thinning carrots isn’t necessary, but it all depends on what your end goals are. If you don’t mind lots of tiny carrots (which can be very tasty) with only the occasional “keeper” for storage, then yes, thinning isn’t necessary. However, if your goal is an… Continue reading Do You Really Need to Thin Carrots?

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