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Topsy Turvy Update: Still Ugly, but the Tomatoes are Yummy

At the end of June I posted a summary of my 2008 Topsy Turvy failure and my 2009 outline for success in Topsy Turvy: Ugly as Stink But Good Tomatoes. And a sucess it was!  In August and September, I have had more tomatoes than I knew what to do with.  It’s mid- September, and they are still going strong.  I …

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Oven-Dried Grape Tomatoes Recipe

These oven-dried grape tomatoes make me feel like I’ve been transported to Italy, and they’re a cinch to make. I love tomatoes no matter what, but one of my favorite ways to eat them is when they’re dried. Drying the tomatoes brings out their flavor, making them taste bolder and more rich.  You don’t need a food dehydrator to make these tasty dried …

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Why I Love My Heirloom Veggies…

I grow heirloom veggies because 1) who needs flowers?, 2) mmmmmmmmm, and 3) I can save the seeds and grow them year after year.  Now I must go eat them.  Come here my pretties….

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The Rise Again of the Fallen Apples

At my community garden, there is an organic heritage orchard with a number of large apple, pear, quince, and Asian pear trees.  There is also a bunch of rows of espalier apple trees.  The heritage apple varieties on the espaliers are so unique that I thought it would be fun to pick up the fallen apples and make an applesauce …

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Sweet Fennel – the second showing

Back in the spring I planted sweet fennel.  I got about 8 bulbs in by half wine barrel planter.  In a short time, the bulbs grew to 2.5” as shown here.  I could eat them…but I waited longer, they got bigger and sweeter.  I cut them back for a few dinners here and there, careful to leave the roots in tack, just …

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Adopted White Hydrangea

Last year someone ripped this pretty little Hydrangea out of their garden and threw it into the sidewalk.  I saw the sad little guy and planted him on the city property in front of my house.  He survived a tough cold winter and a summer of heat and humidity before he gave me one pretty flower ball to say, “thanks for adopting …

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East Vancouver Garden Tour

Back in June I went on the East Vancouver Garden Tour and saw 12 private gardens and a few others as I passed by on the walking tour.  This beautiful front yard garden is almost completely covered by a magnificent old Japanese Maple.  From the street you can see only the large mass of leaves but if you follow a …

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Kale Chips Recipe

So simple yet so addictive! Wash & remove thick stems from a bunch of kale. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil & sprinkle lightly w/Kosher salt.  Bake @ 350 degrees for 10 min until crispy.

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Topsy Turvy: Ugly as Stink But Good Tomatoes

 I grew Topsy Turvy Tomatoes last year on my garage.  I put 2 tomato plants (as they recommended) in each of my 3 planters and got only about 15 cherry tomatoes and 4 regular tomatoes. I also tried a zucchini plant which didn’t grow any fruit.  I think that there were a number of factors working against me last year: …

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Desert Plant Show at VanDusen Garden

  On Sunday I went to the Desert Plant Show at VanDusen Garden.  Very cool plants lovingly tended to by the members of the Desert Plant Society of Vancouver.    Here is what their website has to say about the club: We are an enthusiastic group of ‘casual amateurs’ who are fascinated by cacti and succulent plants. We meet monthly to discuss …

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Pork Tenderloin w/ Cherry Reduction, Sautéed Fennel, and Spinach Chive Toast

Pork Marinade ½ cup cranberry or blueberry or cherry juice 1 tbsp lime juice 2 tbsp soy sauce 3/4 pound pork tenderloin Salt and pepper Mix first 3 ingredients in a bowl and marinade tenderloin for a minimum of 15 minutes.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then grill pork off heat on BBQ for 10-15 mins.  Keep basting with marinade …

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  1. Allison Taylor
    Allison TaylorMarch 16,16

    Great ideas. I totally love the carpet gardening. I’ve tried to create something similar in my small backyard garden, but didn’t have much of a success. You inspired me to try again, though, and will definitely do it.

    Regards, Allison from http://windowboxescompany.co.uk/

  2. Barry
    BarryApril 21,16

    I landed on your site as i was looking for inspiration to give our garden a makeover this summer. What an impressive site, Fantastic pictures along with even better content, ive subscribed! Thanks, B

  3. Taylor
    TaylorApril 22,16

    Great blog, great tips.

  4. Paul Grant
    Paul GrantOctober 11,16

    Such a great resource! I really love reading about composting. It is indeed an environmentally helpful way to improve the garden soil and reduce waste.

    These advises has a great impact to the readers who would like to know about garden projects. Two thumbs up!

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