Category Archive for: ‘Growing Food’

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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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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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