Green Gardening Tips

Green gardening tips

Keep it organic-One thing I leaned over the years is mother nature knows how to take care of her garden. She doesn’t add chemical fertilizers or use insecticides. She lets nature take care of pests and diseases naturally. So why are we not doing the same? Growing organically was something our grandparents did. Along came the 1950’s and chemicals were invented to make our lives easier but at what expense? Fast forward to this century and many of us are trending to organic growing. I have been growing organically for twenty years. So what does organic mean?

When you grow organically you are not using any pesticides at all. Pesticides cover everything from insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. Here in Delta, we live in a pesticide free community.So what are the organic alternatives? I like to use fish fertilizer, Gaia brand fertilizers and home blends as well. Yes, you can make your own fertilizers. So does it work? It does. What you need to do is practice integrated pest management. Take a walk every day in the garden and look at whats going on around you. See a few aphids, get the hose and wash them off or squish them if you like. Nipping problems as soon as you see them makes for a healthier garden. When you stop using pesticides, the beneficial insects start to call your garden home.

Green gardening tips

One of my favourite ways of protecting my garden from insect damage is by using Reemay. It’s a floating row cover and it prevents insects from laying eggs on your vegetables but you can still water through it. It’s very light and you place it over top and leave a lot of slack so that as plants grow it can move with them. No more cabbage moth larva for this gardener!

You need to learn how to attract beneficial insects  and wildlife to the garden. Once you stop using chemicals in the garden they will return.

Green gardening tips

Here you can see a bee enjoying the pollen from a dandelion in my lawn. Did you know the dandelion is one of the first plants in spring for pollen? Its taken a few years but once you eliminate all drugs in the garden a natural balance will occur. So what are examples of good insects. About 90% of insects are good ones. The problem is we often don’t know enough about them.

Green gardening tips

Can anyone guess what this is?  The ladybug is smart and lays her eggs near plants that attract aphids. This is a broad bean plant in early spring, loaded with black aphids and their excrement. One ladybug can eat more than her body weight in aphids in a day. Think about it, if we didn’t have any bad bugs what would the good bugs eat? 

Green gardening tips

Beneficial insects like this parasitic wasp actually lay eggs on all sorts of caterpillars. They insert their eggs directly into the host caterpillar. The larva of the parasitic wasp literally eats the caterpillar alive. When the larva eat their way out, the caterpillar dies. When the larva are inside the caterpillar they use it as an incubator. I know, like a scene from aliens the movie, right? Spiders are good bugs although we tend to not like them. Spiders eat many other pests in the garden and we see house flies in their webs all the time. Place mason bees homes in your gardens so you have early pollinators. You will also find the birds are great pest control. They will fly right up to the roses by my window and nip off any aphids I have. I can actually say now that I don’t get aphids. Its taken a few years but once you eliminate all drugs in the garden a natural balance will occur.

Green gardening tips

Attracting beneficials with plants-Plant to attract them by using native plants as well as cultivars. Plants such as Mahonia or Oregon Grape are evergreen and it has flowers and fruit. The fruit is loved by birds and the plant is tough enduring dry conditions.

Green gardening tips

Plants such as Salmonberry are native here and produced lots of edible fruit. They tend to sucker so use them in areas where you need good coverage or as a privacy screen or background plant. This grows naturally along the water at the back of my garden. It doesn’t sucker any worse than raspberries.

Green gardening tips

Pieris japonica is commonly known as the Lily of the Valley shrub. Its one of the first plants that attracts mason bees so think about having at least one of these in your garden. They are slow-growing, evergreen to about six feet with flower colours ranging from white to pinks and purples. They also can have excellent spring and fall colour. The tubular flowers are attractive to many pollinating insects.The idea is to have something blooming in your gardens year round.

Green gardening tips

I took this photo in February and the bees were all over the Crocuses. Heather is also a good plant to attract insects. Depending on the variety, you can have plants that bloom in spring, summer and fall. Other cultivated plants that will attract beneficial insects are ones with what I call flat flowers. The flat heads of some of the flowers provide a helicopter landing pad of sorts for insects. Rudbeckia or black-eyed Susan is another good plant to have. Its long bloom time from July to late fall means it attracts pollinators all summer. Coreopsis is another perennial flower to attract insects. This only grows to about a 15 inches high and wide and flowers for a long period as well. If you are looking for annuals to do the trick try using Lemon Gem Marigolds. They  bloom their hearts out for months on end. Add some Asters for fall colour as they are a bee magnet.

Green gardening tips

I know Sedum is so over used but this plant attracts bees better than any other. Leave the seed heads on over winter for birds to enjoy. The planting of Sweet Alyssum in the garden is sure to bring pollinators to the garden. I like to add Alyssum to all my vegetable garden beds.

Design your garden in layers like you see in a forest. You want to add tall trees as they provide shade and that cools our homes in the summer and keeps them warm in the winter reducing your heating bill. Once you have your tall storey in add a lower storey of evergreen and deciduous shrubs and then your smaller herbaceous perennials at the foreground. Remember to use leaves from your trees as mulch over your gardens. They provide a warm blanket in our gardens as we rarely get enough snowfall to properly protect our plants from a hard winter frost. Trees and shrubs add nesting areas for both insects and birds. The birds will eat many insects if they are welcome in your garden.

Watering-With this mild winter we had very little snow and I worry that this summer will be another warm one. This will be year three of a hot summer. Now is a good time to think about where you will be planting. Choose plants that have high water needs and group them together so you can water them at the same time.

Green gardening tips

So what plants use the most water? Tropical plants are one. With their large leaves they consume more water. So do annual flowers as they have a shallow root system. Use more perennial flowers and less annuals to save water. Lawns also consume more water so consider reducing your lawn, cutting back on watering. Grass is a cool season plant that naturally goes dormant in summer and comes back when temperatures cool in the fall. Leave the grass to grow a bit longer, shading grass roots from the hot sun. If you have a mossy area why not convert it to a shady sitting area in the garden? We often plant our gardens and give all our plants the same amount of water. We tend to over water. You want the plant roots to go deep down into the soil to look for water. Water longer and wait a week between watering. An inch of water per week is enough. Place a tuna can outside under the sprinkler to see how much you are using. Can you hold back some as we go into summer? How about watering well and applying a mulch. I like using drip hoses which only drip water to plant roots. I don’t water my lawn in the summer at all, just the vegetable beds and some of the perennial flowers and containers.

Green gardening tips

Last year I used a bale of straw between the rows in my vegetable garden. The straw kept the soil moist. I checked the soil moisture by feeling it under the straw. I ended up watering every two weeks and that was it. Using mulch not only helps to retain moisture it can cut down on weeding. Wouldn’t it be fun to never have to pull a weed? You can also use bark mulch. Bark mulch can be placed on garden beds to keep the soil moist. In the fall I have lots of leaves and we place them on the garden all winter as a mulch. It not only protects tender plants but it increases the decomposers in the garden and they improve soil structure. In the spring I will pull back mulch if it isn’t decomposed so that spring flowers can be seen. Extra leaves can be composted.

So water with care, use soaker hoses instead of oscillating sprinklers. You want the water to get near the roots of your plants, not the leaves. Water in the early morning if you can as there is less chance of evaporation then. It’s best to make sure your plants go into the night dry. That way you prevent fungal diseases such a mildew. If you are using an irrigation system be sure to turn it off on rainy days and don’t let it water sidewalks and roads. Use a rain barrel to store rain water for your garden. Use this water on your trees , shrubs and flowers. They can be hooked up to your downspout as an effective way to save water.

Recycling in the garden is something I like to do all the time. Before you throw something out, try to think of a way you can reuse it. Even if it’s headed to the recycling bin, ask yourself if you can reuse it first. Yogurt and margarine containers can be made into plant tags or for starting seeds.  Newspaper can be made into pots for seeds, bakery containers used as miniature greenhouses, mini blinds cut to make plant labels, old hose can be used as tree supports, broken pots turned into miniature gardens, old headboards used as plant supports at the end of raised beds, twist ties can be used to tie in raspberry canes and plastic bags used for holding your harvested crops.

Try to grow your own food to save money. By growing food close to home or buying locally you are not having food travel thousands of miles to get here. Think about joining a community garden if you don’t have the space or right conditions for a vegetable garden. You can grow food in the ground and in containers. Even if you have a small space there is something you can grow. Think vertical and make use of trellises and arbors to grow up. I liked to think I was being sustainable until last year. We often grow crops that we like without thinking about their perishability. Why are we not growing more storage crops like onions, potatoes, turnip and cabbage? Instead we grow crops like lettuce that last a couple of weeks. Think about growing food that you can can or freeze so you have something to fall back on in the winter. We can’t do that with lettuce. Learn how to cure and store your vegetables over the winter months. It’s easy to learn.

The Tomato Potting Up Marathon Begins

The garden season is in full swing here and my greenhouse is packed full of seedlings. I am constantly moving plants outside to two mini greenhouses to harden them off. I think its time for a new greenhouse. They always say if you buy a greenhouse buy bigger than you will need as it gets filled quickly. Of course,  not everyone grows thousands of plants. Only the crazy seed people can’t stop themselves. The thing is seeds are so much fun. Once you have success you can’t stop.

The tomato potting up marathon begins

Take a look at how I plant my tomato seeds. I plant them in large quantities in a four-inch pot with good seed starter mix. I moisten the starter mix before planting the seeds so they don’t wash away when I water. A light cover of mix over the seeds and they are placed on heat mats until they germinate. In just eight days I had tomato babies. So picture about 25 four-inch pots with this many seedlings and you will understand what the next step is and why I do it. I know very well that you are supposed to wait until the plant has its second set of leaves. What I have noticed over the years is the roots on these tiny seedlings are longer than the plant itself. The plant may only be an inch high but the roots can be at least an inch and a half when potting them up. With so many seeds in one pot they need more room to grow. Yes, I use my widger and nudge them gently apart and plant them into their final container before they are sold.

The tomato potting up marathon begins

Whats a widger you ask? Its my most favourite greenhouse tool next to the heat mats. This little stainless widger allows me to lift the tiniest of seedlings with ease.

 

The tomato potting up marathon begins

There was a time when I would transplant to two-inch pots and then to four-inch. I soon realized how fast tomatoes grew and now skip that step. Its right to a four-inch container for each of the hundreds of tomatoes. Usually by the time I finish potting up some of the plants are starting to get their second set of leaves. Have I lost any plants moving them this early? Not a one. I hold them gently by the leaf. Never grab the stem. If it gets damaged, your plant will die. If the plant loses a leaf, it will grow another. I make an impression in the center of the pot with the widger and stir up the organic fertilizer at the same time. I now have a planting hole for the tomato seedling.

The tomato potting up marathon begins

I like to plant them a bit deeper to encourage root formation along the stems. A light watering with a small watering can is next being ever so careful to just wet the soil. No big watering cans are used when the tomato plants are this small. I have a tiny watering can with a long thin spout that only allows a small amount of water to spill out.

The tomato potting up marathon begins

So what does my greenhouse look like today? Imagine 22 flats of tomatoes all potted up. But don’t think that is all I have growing. Every inch of space is being used to grow flowers and vegetables for the garden. Every plant is labelled so I don’t get any of them mixed up. It’s hard to believe looking at all the tomato plants that they will be going to final homes in early May. Are you looking for heirloom tomato plants? Watch for my sale coming up on May 2.

Its a Giveaway on the Blog!

Its a Giveaway on the blog!

Since spring is just around the corner, I thought this would be a good week to do a giveaway. I haven’t done one before so its my first. Be patient as I learn the ropes as a newbie. Spring arrived early here and I am sharing blooms from the garden. This week its a yellow theme going on with all the Narcissus in bloom along with Forsythia, Doronicum and Kerria. There is something about yellow that says spring.

Its a giveaway on the blog

What I love is how much variety we can have in our gardens, even in March. Lets show you what I have to give away this month. I attend lots of different garden events and sponsors are generous to hand out books, tools, seeds and other garden related items. On my last trip, I met up with Cool Springs Press and they had given each of the bloggers a garden journal kit in a cool swag bag.

Its a giveaway on the blog!

So are you ready to win? Are you someone who could use a garden journal? They are great for making notes of what you have planted. It provides a record to look back on from year to year. It shows you what worked and what didn’t. We all need that kind of help.

So here is how you can enter. Just leave a comment below saying how you would use a garden journal and like my Face book page over at That Bloomin’ Garden. Thats it. You must be 18 years or older to enter and be a resident of Canada. Contest closes on March 31.

Disclaimer: I have not been paid to promote this product.

Free Sustainable Garden Classes Start Soon-Have you Registered?

Free sustainable garden classes start soon!

It’s that time of year again. Garden season is beginning and we are all anxious to get outside after a long winter. Do you have a brown thumb? Many people don’t want to fail at gardening but there are easy ways to get started. Try growing easy to grow plants like Nasturtiums or Marigolds or vegetables like peas and beans. Last year I taught several sustainable garden classes and we had lots of new gardeners attend. You see you never stop learning. There is always something new to learn about plants, seeds and the soil. Advice I would give to a new gardener is start slow with a few plants and do it well. As your confidence grows with the successes you have, so will your experience. You will learn how to spot problems as they arrive and deal with them. The first step is to get outside and get planting. I know I make it sound easy but trust me it is.

Free sustainable garden classes start soon

The thrill of taking a seed to a full-sized plant is one of nature’s miracles. Would you like to learn the basics? The Corporation of Delta is holding their sustainable garden classes once again this year. Here is the link for classes. We start with a class on Green Gardening.  I will go over ways to reuse, recycle and reduce in the garden, talk about how to grow organically, what you can start planting and how to attract and plant for wildlife in your garden. With the weather being so mild its time to plan and plant. My potatoes went in the ground yesterday.

Free sustainable garden classes start soon

The next class is being taught by my friend Ian Lai and if you want to learn about mason bees this is the class for you. Ian  will go over the basics of how to care for mason bees and the role they play in the garden. Remember pollination means we have food crops. This will be a great class to go to.

Free sustainable garden classes start soon

 

 

The last classes in March are my “Homegrown 101″ classes. This is a presentation about everything from soil to crop rotation. If you are new to gardening this is a great starter class.

Here is the schedule for March but there are many classes to follow.  The wonderful thing about the classes is they are free for residents of Delta.

Wednesday, March 11-6:00pm at Sungod Recreation Center-“Green Gardening”

Saturday, March 14-10:00am at the Harris barn, 4140 Arthur Drive in Ladner-“Mason Bee Buzz”

Thursday, March 19-6:00pm at the Harris barn, 4140 Arthur Drive in Ladner-“Homegrown 101″

Saturday, March 28-10:00am at Sungod Recreation Center-“Homegrown 101″

You can register online or call 604-952-3000. Hope to see you at the garden classes.

 

How We Designed a Spa Like Bathroom

I know, I am a garden writer but had to share what we have been doing all winter. Its been a long four months since we starting renovations. We decided after having water drip from upstairs on to the kitchen floor that maybe, just maybe we should redo the bathroom. We called around to get the best estimates from three different renovation companies and decided to use Darcy Phillips Contracting. It’s a local business and we already knew him. I was warned by friends to expect the unexpected. I doubt there is a renovation that goes perfectly but we are very happy with the end result. What I didn’t know as a first time renovator is that I would have to shop for all the sinks, taps, counters ourselves. I doubted I would make the right choices. I couldn’t afford to hire a designer but we did have help getting the cabinet layout right.  Where to start? It is pretty overwhelming but we did it and the design choices are ours.

How we designed a spa like bathroom

I didn’t get a before shot of our ensuite shower until it was already being torn out. It’s a standard 3′ shower but the base was never level ever. That meant swishing water down the drain with your foot. The house is 25 years old and so was the bathroom. It was time to fix it up.

How we designed a spa like bathroom

This is a before shot of the ensuite bathroom with it measuring 25 square feet. Pretty small compared to most new bathrooms. How could we make this bigger?

How we designed a spa like bathroom

Between the door to the bathroom on the left and the door to our closet on the right, there is a vanity area. On our original house plans it showed an area where the lady of the house could have a makeup table. It never happened. This was dead space that we could expand on. We could move the doors to the bedroom walls and that’s what we did.

How we designed a spa like bathroom

Work proceeded on the tear out and what a mess that was! As walls went back up, insulation was added and it finally took shape. Our master bedroom became the tool and supply area and we are still not back in there as the closet is now going in.

How we designed a spa like bathroom

We shopped and shopped for all the items we would need. I had a strong emphasis on safety after two hip surgeries. I wanted a bench in the shower and nice safety bars to hold on to. It took over three  months for the shower base to arrive due to the first one being broken in transport. That was the unexpected. It delayed work for three weeks. We knew it wouldn’t be done before the holidays at this point.

How we designed a spa like bathroom

Since our home is a Georgian style I really wanted to add fixtures to suit the style of the house. This is the hand-held shower we chose and we also had a rain shower put in. I wasn’t sure if I would like it but can you say love it? Best choice ever! They also installed a shower light which we didn’t know we needed but it was a good choice.

How we designed a spa like bathroom

You can see by the reflection here that the window is tiny in this bathroom and we only get the morning sun. Due to being fairly dark in there I decided to do an all white bathroom. The white tile in the shower has a bit of a shine allowing light to reflect. The towel bar in the shower is actually a safety bar that can hold up to 500 pounds. I used another towel bar just outside the shower for ease of grabbing a towel.

How we designed a spa like bathroom

With most of the bathroom being all white I need to add colour. I will be able to add bright colours to give it some sparkle like this yellow pot of flowers or by using brightly coloured towels. The white lets me change the colours as often as I want. Right now I am trending to teal and turquoise as accents. I am on the search for another owl soap dispenser so we have his and hers.

How we designed a spa like bathroom

This is the completed look as of last week. Lighting was bought at Design Lighting in Langley, BC. The mirrors were the hardest to find but bought them at a bath store in South Surrey. All our fixtures are the Riobel Georgian collection. The toilets, sinks and shower base came from Kohler. I love my new quartz counters tops from Abacado  Granite and Stone works in Richmond,BC. The cabinets are wood from Montalco in Richmond. Best decisions so far were to install nu-floor heat, have a timer on the fans, go for a more expensive clear glass on the shower, order a niche for shampoo and have Mud Bay Installations do the tile work. Did you know that shower glass is now tinted green? If you are doing a white bathroom the green tends to make your white walls look grey. What would I have done differently? I would not have bought my Kohler stuff from a showroom. It had several delays since their warehouse is in Texas and it held things up. I should have gone ahead and ordered the Kohler products from Home Depot. Their customer service was excellent. I normally wouldn’t recommend a big box store but they came through so many times. When I needed the niche for the shower quickly they delivered in less than a week.

How we designed a spa like bathroom

Best impulse decision ever was the crazy chandelier I bought at Design Lighting. I wanted a bit of glam and it worked. I doubted myself after bringing it home as it reminded me of a disco ball but it reflects the light over the walls in tiny circles everywhere. How romantic! So total size of the new ensuite bathroom is about 70 square feet and we love it. We also had our other two bathrooms done at the same time. They stayed the same size but we added the same dark cabinets and sinks as the ensuite. We are glad to be finished the major part of the renovation. We have decided to do the rest of the work ourselves. As of today a new closet system is going in the master bedroom and we hope to get our bedroom back soon.

So what did this cost? Lets just say I need to sell about 10,000 plants to pay for three bathrooms and a custom closet. Now that’s not hard is it?

 

4 Amazing Flowers for the Garden

 

4 amazing flowers for the garden

You know spring is just around the corner when you can collect flowers from the garden. I have been trying to photograph my Hellebore plants for weeks but this old body just can’t get down low enough anymore. I look forward to the day when I can buy some of the new ones that hold their flowers up high. Yesterday I decided that I wanted to collect a selection of what was in bloom in the garden. It’s very spring like here during the day but cools off at night. I grabbed a basket from the greenhouse and my secateurs and off I went. Camellia ‘Donation’ has been in bloom for two weeks so I picked one of the best blooms. It’s the large pink flower in the top left-hand corner. Next to it is one of the white Hellebores and to the far right on top is a Primula bloom.

Starting at the bottom left is a quince flower. I love this shrub although it tends to grow every which way making it a hard one to prune. Each year as we curse it for poking us as we walk by it blooms the most glorious shade of pinkish red. The birds love this shrub so it gets to stay. In the middle on the bottom of the tray are two more Hellebores. The dark purple is the Lenten rose and the one next to it is a seedling I have had for many years. In the far bottom right hand corner are Hellebores, one is a dark black and the other a lime green. It was fun collecting the blooms and I quickly realized I like certain colours, lots of pinks and purples in this collection.

4 amazing flowers for the garden

It’s a birthday weekend here and we are having a dinner party. Normal families place fancy flower arrangements on the table. I can’t do that. With five cats in the house, all my cut flowers get nibbled on with baby’s breath a favourite of all. So what is a girl to do? I knew I had seen bowls of floating flowers at many flower shows. Would the cats not sniff them out? I am in luck as this bowl of flowers went untouched by all the felines in the house.  I think I will have to do this more often although I have visions of water being sprayed everywhere once they do find the bowl.

4 amazing flowers for the garden

So this is my centerpiece for tonight. Not only is it still intact, its stunning selection of spring beauty is sure to wow my guests. So what do these flowers look like in the garden? Lets take a look.

4 amazing plants for the garden

This is what my quince shrub looks like now. Its blooming over a month earlier than normal but that’s okay with me. This shrub is about twelve feet high and ten feet wide so it needs room to grow. It loves a spot in full sun.

4 amazing plants for the garden

Camilla ‘Donation

Camellias can be found in many colours. This one came recommended by the master gardener group I belong to and it has never disappointed. Its large flowers are a beautiful soft pink and the queen of the garden this month.

4 amazing plants for the garden

I love Primula for their late winter blooms. This pink one is a hardy one and blooms for a long time.

4 amazing plants for the garden

Then there are the Hellebores which bloom facing down. What’s nice about Hellebores is the flowers remain for months. They love being under my big oak tree with protection from the afternoon sun.

The First Tomato Seeds are Planted!

The first tomato seeds are planted!

Its tomato seed planting time and I spent an hour this morning washing trays and cell packs to get ready for seed planting. I like to be sure my planting pots are nice and clean especially with my tomatoes. Some seeds I am not as fussy with but tomatoes are so prone to fungal diseases. I like to lean on the side of caution and do it right. I add a bit of bleach to a large sink of hot water in the laundry room and give the pots and trays a scrub with a brush. The next step is to fill them with soil, not any ordinary soil but a seed starting mix. Seed starting mixes are light enough to allow seeds to emerge when germinating. Heavy soils like garden soil or top soil just don’t work. You don’t want to use garden soil as it may bring unwanted pests and disease with it.

The first tomato seeds are planted!

Once I have filled my trays with seed starting mix I give the soil some water to make it moist. That way I can now plant the seeds, add a light dressing of soil over top and I am done. So let’s get started. I grow up to 500 tomatoes each year. They are not all for me as I sell them in May and keep about 20 for myself. If you are growing a few of each for your own use, you would plant just a few seeds in each pot. Because I am growing a larger quantity, I actually plant a whole package of tomato seeds in one four-inch pot. I know, its crazy right? I learned this technique from a  master at propagation. Once all the tomatoes have germinated I transplant each plant into its own four inch pot to grow on. Tomatoes are fast growers. There was a time when I would transplant from a cell pack to a 2″ pot and then again to a 4″ pot. I sell most of my plants at the 4″ pot size. The plants I keep for myself go into pots from 5 gallon size or larger. Most of the tomato plants I grow for myself are being grown for their seed. I grow and harvest seed for the Populuxe seed bank in Edmonton. I will also be growing out some of my tomato seed from last year to see if it comes true. By true I mean that I need to be sure it’s actually the same as the parent plant. Sometimes cross-pollination occurs and I may get a new tomato that’s very different. Mind you it may be a new tomato that no one has ever seen. Could it be possible that I create a tomato variety of my own? You never know. That’s how many of our tomato varieties came about in the old days.

The first tomato seeds are planted!

Without further ado lets look at my list of tomatoes for this year.

Mortgage Lifter- for seed only. The person who invented this tomato paid off his mortgage with sales from it, hence the name.

Fargo Yellow Pear- An improved yellow pear tomato although I couldn’t tell the difference from  Yellow Pear. Extremely rare seed

Snow White Cherry-An off white to cream cherry tomato that makes any salad look great.

Silvery fir Tree-This 18″ high tomato bears medium-sized red fruit with amazing flavour.

Stupice-A very cold hardy tomato with red fruit which is great for a short season climate.

Black cherry-1″ dark purple to black cherry tomatoes. 65-75 days from transplant. Vigorous plants with fruit held in clusters. Indeterminate.

Ivory pear-Ivory coloured pear-shaped fruit, indeterminate plant.70 Days from transplant

Yellow Brandywine- large beefsteak.

Sungold- Year after year this tomato is the top cherry on the market so I have to try it although it’s a hybrid.

Pole Pineapple- Yellow orange tomato with red streaks.

Yellow Pear-This tomato dates back to the 1800’s. Easy to grow and good producer of pear shaped yellow fruit.

Wapsipinicon Peach- One inch yellow tomatoes that are very sweet. A must have for my garden every year.

Black from Tula-10-12 ounce dark reddish black fruit with green shoulders and rich taste.

Marvel Striped-Seed only. Large pleated yellow fruit with red stripes. Heat and drought tolerant.

Giant Belgium-Seed only-2-5lb pink tomatoes which will need staking as they grow quite large. Very low acid tomato

Little Lucky-Seed only-83 days, 4-6 ounce orange fruit with a red blush. Large vine that needs staking.

Rosado de tervel-Seed only

Negrillo de Almoguera- Seed only, large beefsteak from Spain

Early Annie-Early season tomato, excellent for canning, slicing or salads, good producer. 65-70 days from transplant.

Sophies Choice-Early maturing tomato, compact, determinate and productive tomato. Good for small gardens.

Matina- Red potato leafed tomato with 55 days from transplant to fruit. Early producer.

Giant Tree-For seed only. Wondering how I will contain this plant that can grow to 18 feet high. Yikes! Envisioning myself trapped by tomato vines in the greenhouse.

Ananas Noire- Seed only. The name means black pineapple. Green and purple fruit with green flesh and red streaks running inside. Does not keep well so must be eaten quickly. Good producer with great flavour. 75 days from transplant.

Calabacito Rojo- This tomato originated in 1795. Bushy determinate plants with small slightly flattened red fruit.

Peacevine- Best cherry tomato ever, sweet and high producer.

Cherokee Purple- Great flavour and nice dark striped tomato. This tomato was originally grown by the Cherokee Indians and is more than 100 years old.

Gospodar-Red tomato that I received seeds from when participating in the CSA Tomatosphere project many years ago. Looks like seeds are hard to find so I will be growing this one for seed this year. Red 4-5 ounce fruit used for canning and fresh, late season tomato.

Branscomb’s Orange-4-6 ounce deep orange fruit, lovely flavour.

Orange Strawberry- I grew this last year for the seed bank and its an orange strawberry shaped tomato with a point at the bottom. Lovely taste but few seeds.

Morado del rincon- One of my favourite beefsteak tomatoes. Slight scar along bottom but the taste makes up for any imperfections.

If you are looking for tomato plants, my plant sale will be on May 2, 2015.