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Grow Write Guild: Creative writing prompts for gardeners

Grow Write Guild #12: Fall is Here

And just like that we’ve gone from summer to fall. I could see the changes coming: the bean plants turning yellow and then brown; then, of course, that first colourful fallen leaf on the sidewalk. Despite these subtle signs, this year fall came suddenly, almost painfully. For that reason I thought it would be good

Ruffled Tomatoes

Five Gorgeous Ruffled Tomatoes Worth Growing

Clockwise from Top Right: ‘Noire de Coseboeuf,’ ‘Constoluto Fiorentino,’ ‘Zapotec Pink Pleated,’ ‘Yellow Ruffles,’ ‘Tim’s Black Ruffles.’ This is the time of year when I typically roll out a few photographs that brag of my annual tomato harvest. I have started taking photos, but I have to say that the strange weather this season has

Squash Flower - Twin

Tomatoes Shaped Like Bums and Other Garden Oddities

Running along the theme of diversity in the garden, I’ve taken note of and photographed a few oddities this year and thought I’d share them. This first is one of the peach varieties of tomato — I don’t know which one it is specifically as the plant was a gift from a friend and was

tobacco hornworm

We Need to Talk About Tomato Hornworm

First things first: I don’t have tomato hornworms (Manduca quinquemaculata) in my own garden. What you see above is a photo that I took a few weekends ago of a Tobacco Hornworm (Manduca sexta) fatting itself up on my tomatoes. The caterpillars of these two distinct species of moth look very much alike and are

Herbs Hanging to Dry

Dried By Hanging (Dun Dun Dun)

I’m currently preoccupied with preserving the harvest [aside note to say that Preserving is now a category on this site rather than a tag]. This list includes herbs and while there are several ways that I go about ensuring that the herbs I grow are put to good use and available year-round, drying is by

How to Freeze Zucchini aka Summer Squash

They Freeze Summer Squash, Don’t They?

Yes, again! My zucchini aka summer squash harvest has been killer this year, and a few have got lost in the foliage too, which means we’ve accidentally grown a few monstrous fruits to boot. There will be squash (another film reference)! Or at least, I would like there to be, which is where freezing comes

Peach and Blackberry Loaf

My Late Summer Peach and Blackberry Loaf Recipe

Here’s something delicious that you can make this long weekend. It took me a few attempts, but I’m finally happy enough with this peach and blackberry loaf to share it with you. It’s not too sweet — in fact, my personal favourite version has 1/4 cup less sugar than what I’ve posted here. I prefer

Apples Foraged by Gayla

Late Summer Preserving, Canning, and Seed Saving

More squashes have joined the pile since I took this photo! Can you tell the real squashes from my ceramic collection? Earlier in the week, Toronto was flooded for the second time this season. We needed the rain, just not that much all at once! My garden is a mess. Vines that weren’t properly secured

You Grow Girl redesign

New New New Site Design

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages: please refresh your browsers. I am pleased to report that the site has been redesigned! All of the praise goes directly to Davin Risk who is wholly responsible for the work that has been done so far, including the gorgeous illustrations and hand drawn type. In the coming

Tomato Server

Highly Specific Kitchenware: The Tomato Server

Nothing should ever be touched with one’s fingers. This was one of the principles behind Victorian dining etiquette and it resulted in a plethora of highly specialized utensils and serving pieces, including the Tomato Server, a decorative slotted/pierced spoon designed specifically for serving slices of fresh tomatoes. Think on that a moment. Someone invented a

Mexican Sour Gherkin

Food Worth Growing: Mexican Sour Gherkin

Barbie Doll Watermelons, that’s what I call them, because, well… that’s what they look like. Their real name is Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra), but they also popularly go by mouse melon, cucamelon, and sandíita (meaning little melon in Spanish).

Giant Cucumber

Attack of the Colossal Cucumber

In the “How to Harvest” chapter of my book, Grow Great Grub, I explain why it is important to pick certain veggies such as zucchini, beans, and… ahem… cucumbers when they are young and immature. Whoops. I try to stay on top of rogue fruit by checking all around leafy plants, but alas, occasionally one

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