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Grow Tomatoes Indoors

Photo by Amber BreenYou can grow a tomato plant indoors in any large jar. For this project, I used a large, inexpensive blue jar from a housewares store. The colored jar helps protect the roots from the sun’s rays, and it looks fabulous as a decorative planter in the home. If you have a ...

Fresh Recipes for Garden Tomatoes

Photo by Getty Images/fotokosticTomatoes are all the rage this time of year, as they should be. After all, who doesn’t love fresh, juicy, mouthwatering tomatoes? However, after a couple dozen BLTs, we’re ready for something different. And, when we have a lot of tomatoes, we need to figure ...

Fall Has Come

October is nearly over, and so is the growing season. We have yet to do a fall/winter garden.We do have plans to set up cold frames and have a go at it. But not this year. So, this last week, we began the 'bedding down' of many things around the farm.The last of the garden produce was ...

Cylindrical Tomato Cage

The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects by the Editors of Storey Publishing (Storey Publishing, 2010) is a collection of DIY projects for your garden. From how to make a compost bin to building a lawn chair, you’ll find instructions on how to make your garden more productive and ...

Save the Seeds!

As small seed companies have been gradually overtaken by food conglomerates, hundreds of varieties of plants have been lost in favor of only a few hardy varieties of daily vegetables. In the meantime, heirloom seed savers have worked tireless to preserve the genetic diversity of different ...

Can Your Own Pizza Sauce

We eat homemade pizza nearly once a week in the winter. I make my own crust and can pizza sauce with tomatoes from the garden. Canning pizza sauce is fairly easy, and if you are swamped with tomatoes and looking for something new to do with them, this might be for you. I find commercial pizza ...

The Trials and Tribulations of Tomatoes, Part 1

It is a fact of farm life that bad things can happen. This year a bad thing did happen – my crops were the victims of blight. This season we built raised beds and brought in fresh soil and worked so hard to plant the tomato and leek crops, and they failed. In the past, critters had decimated ...