List of Tomato Cultivars

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Micro Tom Tomato

Here is a list of some of the many, many tomato varieties available. Depending on your region you’ll be able to find these varieties ans well as many others for sale in your local nurseries that are not listed here. Check each of their growth characteristics individually as you choose them to make sure they’re suitable for your region. There are more than 3000 heritage and heirloom tomato varieties actively being grown around the world. There are somewhere around 15,000 known tomato varieties in total. There are so many varieties of seeds that you can quite literally grow dozens and …


8 Steps to Growing Great Tomatoes

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Healthy Tomato Vine

Step 1: When you’re at the nursery, always choose the shortest and most stocky young plant you can find. The short stocky, thick stemmed seedlings are grown with care under very close proximity UV lighting. The short thick young plants show that the little sprouts didn’t have to reach for the light as they were spouting and beginning to grow. If the young tomato stalk you’re looking at is lanky and thin or even floppy, this is not a good choice and means that the light was too dim or too far away from the spouts to cause them to …


The Tomato: Fruit or Vegetable?

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Snowy Tomatoes

People, over the years have learned how to eat all parts of hundreds of different plants. This includes everything from the flowers to the fruit to the stems and leaves to the seeds and on to the roots too. Celery and rhubarb are stems Lettuce and spinach are leafy vegetables Broccoli is clusters of tiny flower buds that bloom if you don’t pick it Artichoke is a giant flower bud Potatoes and turnips are root vegetables Herbs are classified as vegetables Mushrooms are fungus Eggplant is a fruit and so is corn!  Now the tomato… Most people assume that the tomato …


Top 10 Easiest to Grow Food Plants

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Purple Carrots

There are many, many food plants out there that are easy to grow and are suitable for beginners and kids. These plants are also great for anyone who wants a low stress, low effort garden. This list is just some of my favorite ones I’ve grown in the past and that I know to be very cooperative for beginners. There are many other plants available that I’m sure are easy 1. Basil – Annual – Can be grown indoors – Pinch to encourage new growth – Likes moist, but not wet soil – Edible flowers 2. Rosemary – Perennial in …


How to Grow Grapes in Containers

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Grape Bunch 2017

Grapes are most often seen growing in long rows in vast fields, lined up perfectly on rolling hills in the sun baked valleys of the landscape. It would be easy to assume that it’s impossible to have a grape vine growing in a small space or even in a container. This isn’t true and with a little planning and pruning it’s possible to grow grapes in containers successfully. They just need a lot of nutrition and minerals to be at their best. Micro Climates Micro climates are little pockets of weather and temperature differences within another climate zone. These can …


How to Grow Raspberries from Seeds

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One way to grow your own patch of raspberries is to do it from seeds. It takes more patience but the rewarding harvest that goes with it is usually worth the wait. You’ll be looking at waiting and nurturing your seeds and sprouts for two growing seasons before a plentiful crop of berries will grow.  Purchasing seeds is definitely the cheapest way to go but remember that they do require that extra bit of patience and time to mature them to the point that they’ll produce fruit. If you want a quick berry harvest sooner, then it’s best to get cuttings from …


The Haskap Berry

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The Haskap berry is another unique berry that I recommend home gardeners have alongside the blue blueberries and the pink blueberries. In Latin, the Haskap plant is known as Lonicera Caerulea. Sometimes you’ll see Haskap spelled in other ways such as Hascap, Haskaap and Hasukappu. The name is of Japanese origin.  The Haskap berry is growing in popularity and is touted as the newest super berry health food. It has greater health benefits than most other berries. Each big Haskap berry holds a powerhouse of antioxidants that are greater than that of both blueberries and cranberries.  The Haskap berry has higher levels …


The Pine Berry

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Pineberries and Strawberry

 Have you ever heard of a Pine berry? This is a berry that we all should be growing, it’s beautiful and different. It’s unique looking delicious little berry holds a special reward for those who grow them. This is my first year with them so I’ve only been able to harvest two little berries so far. They were very delicious and different. They actually did have a pineapple-y flavour! I’m hooked on them now. The Pine Berry It’s botanical name is “Fragaria ananassa”. It’s a hybrid of Fragaria chiloensis, that originated in South America, and Fragaria virginiana, which originated in North America. It’s …


Pink Lemonade Blueberry

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Have you ever seen a pink blueberry before? It looks like something that just shouldn’t exist! It’s bright pink and perfectly unique.  If you don’t have any of these plants in your garden yet then I highly recommend adding a couple to the garden this year. The best little surprise from the pink lemonade blueberry is that these these eye-catching little beauties have a taste quite different than a regular blue blueberry. You’ll be amazed, they actually have a distinct tangy sweet taste just like pink lemonade. It’s very unlikely that will you see these berries picked for sale in the …


List of Raspberry Cultivars

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This is a more complete list of the different types of raspberry cultivars that you might find in the local markets and nurseries in your area. Please note that not all varieties will be available in all areas. What is a Cultivar? A cultivar is a general term referring to a plant or grouping of plants that have been selected for desirable characteristics. These characteristics are maintained by consistent propagation.  Similarly, the world’s agricultural food crops are almost exclusively comprised of cultivars that have been selected for desirable characteristics such as improved yield, flavour and disease resistance. Very few wild …


My Cherries are Falling Off

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June Fruit Drop on Cherry Tree 2013

It’s almost June and summer is under way. The cherry blossoms have bloomed their dazzling spring beauty and are now almost gone. The immature cherries are just forming behind the flower petals as they blow away in the wind. But then disaster happens… The newly formed, immature cherries start falling off your cherry tree and there are a lot of them that fall! It makes you wonder the obvious question: Is my fruit tree sick? The answer is probably not. It might be a natural occurrence. It really depends on how much of the total crop of cherries actually fall off. …


Raspberry Crown Borer

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Raspberry Crown Borer

The Raspberry Crown Borer (Pennisetia marginata) and its larva are common pests of the raspberry plant. They are common throughout most of North America and are very common here on the west coast of BC and Washington. They are also known as Blackberry Clearwing Borer, as they can affect the closely related blackberry plant as well. Wild blackberries are a carrier of this pest and they will spread to nearby gardens with raspberries if they are close enough. They will infect your raspberries easily. Their life cycle is nearly invisible and you don’t notice they are there until your plant is …


Raspberry Cane Borer

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Raspberry Cane Borer

The adult raspberry cane borer (Oberea bimaculata ) appears in June. It is a slender black beetle about 1/2″ long.  How to recognize it and its’ presence This pest is a slender, dark coloured beetle, about 12 mm long, with antennae as long as its body. It can be recognized by the yellow band near its head and its long antennae. Larvae are white, cylindrical and legless. Adult females chew two zipper-like rings around the tips of raspberry primocanes and lay an egg between the punctures. The cane tip wilts above the point of injury and eventually dries up and dies. The beetle …


How to Grow Cherry Trees in Containers

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Cherry Tree

Cherry trees can definitely be grown in containers, just use a toy tub or something larger in depth and diameter. Dwarf cherry trees are quite tolerant to the often less than ideal, restricted environment of a container. When you purchase your young tree, choose varieties that are suitable to your region and tolerant to your particular climate.  My favourites are Bing, Stella, Van, Sunburst, and Rainier. The trees available will be the individual varieties best suited to your region. Some cherry trees are self pollinating and some are not. If you choose a self-pollinating variety, it’s ok to have only …


How to Grow Upside Down Tomatoes

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Maturing Hanging Tomatoes

These planters are designed just for growing plants upside down! It’s very cool and great for small space gardening because they don’t take up any ground area at all. They are commonly used for tomatoes and peppers. Tomatoes are easy and hard to grow at the same time. They are a bit fussy but if you keep a few rules and methods in mind then you should do just fine.                   Do                   Don’t Give tomatoes warmth and shelter Place pots or plant tomatoes under …


How to Grow Blueberries in Pots

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Blueberries

Young blueberry plants are quite forgiving as well, they will grow well in a container for many years. Their growth characteristic is shrub like and they have a smaller space requirement for their roots. They are definitely not like a raspberry plant and will not spread roots and underground runners far and wide in the same way. Selecting a Plant It’s important to choose a variety of blueberry which is bred to your climate zone and region of the continent. Your chances of success increase greatly right from the beginning if you do that. They do best in zones 3 – …