There are very scientific, detailed studies available regarding indoor seed starting with LED lights. This post is a summary of my experience using both LED and fluorescent lights as grow lights for starting tomato and pepper seeds indoors. 5 Tips to Consider when Comparing LED Shoplights to Fluorescent Shoplights I am going to summarize the …
Basket of a range of heirloom tomatoes
This category covers a wide range of topics focused around the benefits you will see when you learn to grow your own food. Benefits like self-sufficiency, health, cost savings, flavor, and fun!!
Explore this category for:
detailed how-to’s on planting, growing and harvesting;
distinguishing the flavors and colors of different vegetable varieties;
freezing, drying and cooking with your homegrown produce.
No garden? Even urban dwellers can grow tasty tomatoes and many vegetables if they have access to a community garden or a large pot that will fit on a patio or balcony.
If you can’t grow your own produce, knowing the differences in taste, color and use of the huge range of specific vegetable varieties is helpful when making decisions at the farmers’ markets or grocery store.
Gardeners, foodies and cooks all crave the tender, rich, juicy tomatoes that their grandparents grew. Heirloom varieties offer that taste memory, and it is the holy grail to grow your own.
Hybrid tomatoes are perhaps “easier” to grow as they are bred to be smooth, round, red orbs with no cracks or green shoulders, etc. If your goal is high yields, or longer storage and no unsightly attributes, then a hybrid variety might be for you. While they typically don’t have the old-fashioned taste qualities, there are some that are quite good.
This category covers the bases of growing, cooking and selecting the best plant for the intended use.
** Note: To help with self-sufficiency during the 2020 period of quarantines (and beyond), check out our facebook group where we share all things cooking and gardening that will help you grow your own food. Search facebook for this group. It is called “Growing (and Cooking) Your Own Food”.
Dried herbs can’t compete with fresh herbs when it comes to cooking with flavor. If you have a garden, a nearby farmers market, or a good grocery store, preserving fresh herbs as herbal compound butters is my favorite way to ensure fresh flavor year-round. It’s very easy, you can create wonderful blends, and they’ll last …
Even though they are considered weeds, dandelions are a quintessential sign of summer. Once popular as a food (or wine) item, dandelions have seen a surge in popularity as an edible treat for salads, wine or jellies. This recipe for dandelion jelly is the perfect combination of floral, sweet and slightly bitter. Just be sure …
You can make these chips in a dehydrator or in your oven set at low. They are a truly easy low carb snack which satisfies the cravings for those salty, crunchy high-carb chip options! By Dorothy Stainbrook, with video by Tesla Stainbrook. This post may contain affiliate links. See Disclosure Dehydrator vs Oven-Baked The dehydrator …
Whether you want to use heirloom tomatoes for making a spaghetti sauce, a caprese salad, a tomato tartine or a simple BLT, it is important to choose the right tomato for your intended use. This roundup of heirloom tomatoes will help you decide the best variety to select at a farmers’ market or to grow …
The color of heirloom tomatoes can often relate to a particular flavor profile. This post examines the most popular colors and flavors of heirloom tomatoes
When you are ready to select the heirloom tomatoes or peppers you want to grow it is helpful to clarify your end use and select accordingly
Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies in Heirloom Tomato Seedlings and solutions to help prevent a range of tomato diseases
This is a summary of the flavor, growth performance and unique qualities of what I consider to be the best heirloom tomato varieties. I have been growing, tasting and testing heirloom tomatoes since 1997 and this guide is based on that cumulative experience. What to Consider Before Buying Your Heirloom Tomatoes Before opening those enticing …
Many people who are new to growing heirloom tomatoes in the ground start with a tomato plant, a bag of fertilizer and a tomato “cage” purchased at a garden center. Many people also come back the next year with sad tales to tell about their experience with the cages. Here are some alternatives to the …
Early Heirloom Tomatoes: When I sell the heirloom tomato plants at the St. Paul Farmers’ market in early spring, customers are always curious about “when” they’ll get their tomatoes. The answer is definitely one of those, “it depends” qualifiers. It depends on which variety you choose, it depends on how big the plant is when …
Tips on preventing cracking or splitting of heirloom tomato skins – why they crack, how to avoid it & best varietites to choose.
How to grow Heirloom Tomatoes Upside Down in the Topsy Turvy Planters for growing edibles in city gardens
Blossom end rot is a common disease that occurs in tomatoes, particularly if growing tomatoes in pots. Here are tips for prevention and cures
Buying heirloom tomato plants can be confusing. Here are tips on what to look for in terms of health and growing conditions.